The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

05 June 2017

All You Need to Know About Autism

The Autism Society Philippines welcomed 36 parents and therapists to its monthly seminar entitled “All You Need to Know About Autism,” moderated by Dr. Ermelinda “Mimi” Avendano, a respected developmental and behavioral pediatrician, at the ASP National Headquarters last 3 June 2017.

Doc Mimi walked us through a lay definitions of typical developmental conditions, what autism is and what it is not; and she helped the participants understand the difference classifications of autism based on the DSM-5 definition. She gamely answered questions typically asked by parents whose children are newly-diagnosed, such as the debate about vaccination. She shared recent scientific research, focusing on environment and genetics as potential causes of autism. Discussion of sleep and diet further enriched the exchange.

“Inviting the right resource person to explain the topic was impotant.” shared one participant. Now I fully understand and accept my child’s condition.”

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