The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

05 September 2016

An open letter to parents, from an SLP

This article originally appeared as a Facebook post (

Different for different people. One of the difficult questions usually posed by parents when commencing therapy is when will their child talk, walk or be regulated enough in varied situations. After practicing the SLP profession for more than 2 decades, I cannot answer this question because each child has his or her own pace. Some are more receptive to therapy than others. Varied factors come into play and one pressing factor is the severity of the problem or degree of delay.

Specialists are backed with years of study and training.

To our dear parents, your OT, PT, SPED and SLP professionals have studied and have been trained for 4 to 5 years to be able to assess and manage clients with different types of disorders or delays. Some of us even specialized in specific therapeutic approaches, just to make sure that we are able to match our program with our client's current needs.

My analogy is simple, do you go to a plumber when your car breaks down? Professionals handling your child have their own specialization, be cautious when somebody says he or she is a plumber/mechanic/electrician/carpenter/barber rolled into one. Dear parents, ask for credentials. It is your right to do so.

I believe that when clients/parents are more informed, they will also make informed decisions. In this day and age of fake products and professionals, we have to be more vigilant.

The image shows Ms. Weng smiling and wearing green blouse.
Photo credit: Murphy Project

Passion for the profession is an understatement for Weng, who has been practicing for 21 years. After obtaining her BS SP degree from UP-CAMP in 1993, she pursued her post-graduate studies in UP Diliman as a University Scholar, leading to her completion and making her the first speech pathologist in the Philippines to obtain a Masters Degree in Reading Education. Weng is currently the Program Director of Trails Center for Children, where she mentors young therapists and sees clients. She is also the founder of VolunTrails, an outreach program providing free therapy services to indigent special children in Legazpi City, San Pedro, Laguna, and DasmariƱas, Cavite.


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