Good Autism Practice

6 Feb

It’s plain and simple common sense. When you really look at how autism practices are set up, and these include diagnosis and various interventions, sometimes, all it takes is common sense to weed out the good from the bad. But do parents of individuals with autism care? Of course we do! Yet, like so many parents, we are often “…afraid of missing what might be effective, so  they (we) try everything.” (quoted from Dr. Laura Schreibman in the New York Times article Try Anything and Everything For Autism)

Anything and everything, of course, includes even the ones with only anecdotal evidence to back them up, or worse, quack science that purports to be a cure-all. Anything and everything, even US$1200 per consult autism doctors. Anything and everything in the hopes that something, anything, will be of help.

Card Phils GAP

Card Phils GAP

When Dr. Rita Jordan of the University of Birmingham (PhD in Pronominal development in Autism; MA in Applied Linguistics; MSc in Child Development & Research Methods; BSc in Psychology; Qualified teacher; Chartered Psychologist for Research) came to the Philippines for her second visit last January 29 to 31, parents, teachers, and professionals filled her lecture auditorium brimming to the rafters. For three straight days, Dr. Jordan, seemingly tireless and always of good humor, shared with us her many years of experience and discovery in working with individuals with autism. Sponsored by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Philippines(CARD,Phils), this was one seminar that was worth our hard earned money and time. Not only was Dr. Jordan’s prepared lecture well-organized and well thought of, her insights into autism- anecdotes, stories, personal experiences- all added to much more than theoretical learning.

I was lucky to get a seat so near the front, and dsc03843-copyeven luckier to bump into one of the parents I’ve met from a previous ABA seminar. Not knowing anyone there at first, it was comforting to see even just a single familiar face. Later that first day, Dang Koe, the president of Autism Society Philippines (who also happens to be a friend) spotted me in the crowd and waved hello. There weren’t many people I knew there, but as it always happens in these things, you meet fellow parents traveling the same road and you bond instantly. 🙂

If there was one single thing I came away with from the seminar, it was the confirmation of my belief that autism does not have to be viewed as a dreaded thing we all should work to defeat or remove or eradicate. Autism has its challenges, true, but it also has its beauty. The inability to lie or deceive. The clarity of perspective. The single purposiveness. Should we then erase all these? Or should we simply help arm our children to cope with their failings, assist them in their difficulties, and help them in this world, much as we help our neurotypical children in their troubles?

alphonseWhen I think about all the years of violence my family has lived through, I often think that perhaps they- the ones who say that autism must be defeated, cured, removed, eradicated, eliminated, exterminated- must be right.  Yet a single smile from Alphonse is enough to wash away all my doubts. Alphonse will not be who he is without his autism, and despite our day to day challenges, we stand beside him, behind him, with him, in all that he is.

Love. Acceptance. Perseverance. Support. Patience.

These are all Good Autism Practices.  

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For information on CARD, you may check out their website, or visit at 

Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Phils.

Professionals for Autism Foundation Inc.

 A 898 Palace Road, BF Homes,Las Piñas City,Philippines 1740

 Telefax No.: (632) 820-8719

 Email: info@cardphils.org

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6 Responses to “Good Autism Practice”

  1. NinJas! February 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    Fonzie is such a cutie patootie 😀

  2. bexwie February 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    i have worked with yound people with autism and challenging behaviour and it seems there always will be social stigma attached to it, we see it as the unknown and what is unknown to many is a scary thing. I enjoyed everyminute working within this field and share views that autism should be seen as something special that maybe in some aspects a gift. We should be looking at research in to working alongside it and not curing or vanishing it

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish more people held the same view. God bless! ~♥Kittymama

  3. odette February 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    that’s a very enlightening perspective!
    it seems like you have your own angel in the house, and indeed, alphonse has the sweetest, sincerest smile. 🙂

    Thanks, Odette! He does have an angelic smile (which helps mask his newly-discovered mischievous side, heehee)! ~♥Kittymama

  4. Manggy February 11, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    And I stand behind you, Kittymama 🙂 (Though I’m trying to remember if you had posted something before wherein Alphonse had learned to do something sneaky! 😉

    Thank you! And yes, I did (remember the nuggets in my bath water?). They’re not very often though, but when they do happen, he gets praised, not punished. (Talk about big-time enablers, huh?)~♥Kittymama

  5. leirs February 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    thanks for the comment on the seminar. really wanted to go but we just couldn’t afford to go. see you soon!!

  6. Heartburn Home Remedy April 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    I read your posts for a long time and should tell you that your posts always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

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