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.

27 July 2017

ASP PWAy Day for the month of August and September

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The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PWAy Day" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults with autism who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PWAy Days will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun. This will be every Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm at ASP Headquarters. This is open to all PWAs, 16 years old and above.


On August 2 - Join our MixxedFit Dance with Certified Mixxedfit Instructor Miss Donna Lim as she will lead this innovative dance-fitness. We dance to today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites with repetitive and easy to follow dance steps. Attendees will wear comfortable workout clothes, such as leggings, workout pants, or shorts, wear appropriate footwear, do NOT wear sandals, flip flops, ballet shoes, hiking boots, or running shoes and bring water and towel.

On August 9 - we will have Acrylic Painting in a Canvas with Teacher Ann Vitug - Acrylic paints are known to be more flexible than other types of paints. This means that as the canvas or siding expands and contracts due to temperature changes, the paint will stretch and compress rather than crack. In this activity,this will help people with autism to develop their social skills, to enhance their verbal communication and can address Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This session will enhance the creativity of the PWAs and develop their natural artistic abilities. PWAs will just bring their own paint brushes, acrylic paints and extra shirt.

On August 16 - we will have a Sensory Friendly Movie. This will allow bringing up the lights, turning down sound volume, allowing families/PWAs to bring in their own snacks. PWAs can get up, dance, walk, shout, sing, go in and out of the room. This will provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for our special audience.

On August 23 - we will have Mandala Plate Painting by Amos Manlangit - Mandala/Craft Artist Amos Manlangit will help participants make a special mandala on a ceramic plate using personalized pictographs and symbols. Because mandalas require attentive focus and calmness to create and color, mandalas can help to cultivate mindfulness, self-awareness, and stress relief. This session will also enhance the creativity of the PWAs and develop their natural artistic abilities.

On August 30 - there will be a session on Coloring - A simple activity that helps to improves motor skills, stimulates creativity, color awareness, improve focus, self esteem and others among the PWAs. To adult with autism, colouring could be interchanged with various other calming activities.

On September 6 - we will have Terracotta Clay Workshop by Mary Ann Mendoza‐Uy - This activity is a hand‐formed Clay Workshop. Educator and Artist Mary Ann Mendoza will conduct a special workshop in hand formed sculpture using terracotta clay. Discover the creative side of the PWAs, relax and indulge in a fun and unique experience. This activity will enhance sensory development, motor skills, self-esteem, and self-expression, problem solving skills, discipline, and pride. Clay also has a uniquely therapeutic quality which settle and calm children hence it retains their attention for hours. Please bring your own apron,  P150 for the materials and the P50 donation.

On September 13 - we will have a Cooking session - Adult with autism will cook Adobo Cheese Sandwich, a simple and surprising but oh-so-satisfying snack. Cooking can be an opportunity to increase independence, learn basic academic skills to use in a functional way. PWAs who have sensory processing challenges can benefit greatly from the smells, textures and tastes involved with the cooking process. This will teach the PWAs on proper food hygiene, simple food preparation, and presentation. Participants must bring their own hair net, apron, and closed shoes (no slippers or sandals please). Prepare a P150 donation when you get on-site.

On September 20 - we will have a Dance for Joy - Join our Dance Instructor Mr. Raphael Panganiban and our very own Ms Donna Lim for a dance session that will set the mood for Christmas merriment! “Joyful, joyful, Lord, we adore Thee... fill us with the light of day!”. Persons with autism are endowed with so much energy that seek opportunities for expression. A lack of appropriate outlet of these energies may result to self-stimulation or “stimming,” repetitive movements which may seem odd to other people. Dancing is a stimulating activity that can convert “hyper-energies” into meaningful movements integrated with music, lyrics, verbal instructions and physical prompts.

On September 27 - we will have a Yoga for Relaxation - Teacher Elizabeth Montenegro-Rye will help us to develops motor skills, enhances balance and stability and develops body awareness. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. It is also improves confidence and social skills, learning self-control and self-calming techniques through yoga, they are likely to grow confidence in interacting with others and refine their social skills. Bring your own mat on this activity.

"Adults with autism who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a individuals with autism be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."

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