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Manage all-round development of autistic children
In his commentary, Professor Chong Siow Ann aptly points out the challenges faced by parents of autistic children ("The heartbreak of caring for an autistic child"; June 18). Attention is also drawn to the long-term support desperately needed by families in the management of these children. As a special needs teacher, I can understand the frustration, pain...
Autistic youth’s mother urges greater understanding of people with special needs
The mother of an autistic youth has appealed for greater understanding of people with special needs, after strangers called the cops “mindlessly in fear” over her son’s behaviour at Bishan Park over the weekend. Writer Choo Kah Ying’s account on Facebook of her son’s brush with the authorities — resulting in him being “handcuffed unjustifiably” and...
Living With Invisible Disabilities
Unlike a person in a wheelchair, or one who uses a cane or wears a hearing aid, some conditions - such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual or developmental disabilities - are not immediately apparent. With a greying population, Singapore has more seniors with some form of disability due to dementia and other...
Boy with autism has few playmates
Nine-year-old Umar Haziq loves going to the playground and interacting with other children. But he finds it hard to understand play rules and unwittingly alienates himself from the rest. What the children do not understand is that Umar has autism. It affects his learning development and impairs his social interaction and communication skills. His father, Mr Mohamed...