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.

01 October 2018

Yoga, Mindfulness and Autism

Common challenges children with ASD face are difficulty with expressive and receptive communication, sensory integration deficits and social/emotional challenges (understanding and recognizing facial expressions, social cues and their emotions as well as emotions of others). Many children ASD may also experience heightened levels of anxiety.

Recently, studies that have been done suggest that yoga can be of significant benefit to children with ASD. In addition to benefits typically associated with yoga such as increased strength, balance, coordination and flexibility, benefits such as increased social-emotional skills, language and communication, body awareness, self-regulation, focus and concentration and a reduction in anxiety, impulsive, obsessive, aggressive and self-stimulatory behaviors have also been noted.


About the Speaker

Elizabeth Montenegro-Rye is a Yoga Teacher for Individuals with Special Needs and the Founder of Perfect Soul Center for Education and Healing, a place serving the needs of neurodiverse individuals.

She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She learned yoga from various teachers both in the Philippines and abroad, most notably from Sivakami Sonia Sumar, the grand dame of yoga therapy for children with special needs.

As a special needs parent herself, Teacher Beth hopes to be able to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices with teachers and parents navigating the world of special needs. See you on the mat! :-)


Things to bring:
1. Please bring a yoga mat.
2. Wear comfortable clothing.
3. Please have your last heavy meal at least 2 hours before the yoga session.
4. For individuals with hypertension, spinal injuries, seizure disorders and other health concerns, please inform the teacher prior to yoga practice.


Seminar Details:
Date: 27 October 2018, Saturday
Time: 8:30AM - 12:00NN
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/asp-map2

Seminar Fees:
Pre-Registration (until October 23 or until slots last)
ASP Member – P 500.00
Non-member – P 700.00

Onsite Registration
ASP Member – P 600.00
Non-member – P 800.00

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the scan copy of your deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s and contact numbers to autismphils@gmail.com and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants or walk- in will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 40 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-903-5496.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.


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