Category Archives: Articles & Journals

Articles & JournalsIt Changed My Life: Chum to her son, champ for the autistic

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//Mrs Leong Geok Hoon, 60, Founder of Adelaide Harvests, with her son, Mr Leong Keat Mun, 24, Undergraduate, at home on Feb 10, 2017. He is holding an acrylic painting, titled "La Gioconda come una Leonessa - Laboratorio di Fotographia" that he painted.
//For It Changed My Life series. When her youngest son was diagnosed as autistic, Tan Geok Hoon, a former high flying banker, started raising awareness about the condition including helping to found the Autism Resource Centre. She recently started an online business selling artisanal Aussie products while her autistic son completes his product design degree in Australia.
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For nearly three decades, Mrs Leong Geok Hoon led the frenetic life of a corporate high-flyer in banking and application management. But two years ago, she pulled the brakes on her successful and lucrative career to be with her son while he studies for a degree in product design at the University of South Australia […]

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Articles & Journals8-year-old boy with autism finally gets to go to school

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Usually he plays nursery rhymes on YouTube, or the theme song to SpongeBob SquarePants. But in the past week, Aqil Nabil Maulid has been putting Majulah Singapura on repeat. The national anthem, sung every day by children in schools here, was new and exciting to Nabil, who started school only on Jan 16 despite being […]

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Articles & JournalsBoy with autism found after three-hour search

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Ms Brenda Tan let her son out of her sight – and in a few seconds he was nowhere to be found near their Hougang home. It took a nail-biting three hours or so before she received a call and learnt the boy, who has autism, had been found – at Changi Airport. Last Friday, […]

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Articles & JournalsLife after graduation: Special education students at work

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SINGAPORE: “Faiz, can you pack all these things into a box and seal it?” asked Mark Maranan, lead cook at the central kitchen of restaurant chain Han’s central kitchen. Faiz Muhsin nodded. “One, two, three…,” the 20-year-old started counting while packing the items. The task may seem easy to most people, but for Faiz, who has a […]

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Articles & JournalsNUS Bizad Charity Run 2017 Raises Over $140,000

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Organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and NUS Bizad Club, the annual NUS Bizad Charity Run 2017 attracted more than 1,400 participants and raised more than S$140,000 for financially disadvantaged NUS Business School undergraduates and the Autism Resource Centre (ARC), a not-for-profit charity, last Saturday, 14 January 2017. The event was graced […]

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Articles & JournalsNanyang Poly students build portal for parents of special-needs children

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SINGAPORE — At nine months old, Mr Glenn Tan’s son was diagnosed with global development delay. This set off many questions in Mr Tan’s mind, such as whether his child would be able to get along with his peers or attend a mainstream school. He shared the anxiety he experienced through a new web portal […]

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Articles & Journals1 in 150 children in Singapore has autism

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One in 150 children here has autism, a higher rate than the World Health Organisation’s global figure of one in 160 children. This comes as more pre-schoolers here get diagnosed with developmental issues. There were 4,400 such children in 2014, a 76 per cent jump from the 2,500 children in 2010. These figures were revealed […]

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Articles & JournalsGenes Not Solely To Blame For Different Types Of Autism

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Scientists have revealed a new cause of autism spectrum disorders that has nothing to do with your DNA. These disorders share similar modifications in the brain that are independent of genetic activity. The study, conducted at the Genome Institute of Singapore, showed that nearly 70% of individuals with both rare and common types of autism […]

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Articles & JournalsNo miracle cure: Probiotics in treating autism

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The small cup contained more than 20 different supplements and vitamins, including flax seed oil, Vitamin C and several types of probiotics, dissolved and mixed into water to make it easier for Nicholas to swallow. Diagnosed with autism at two, Nicholas goes through the routine twice a day; and his mother Yee Gek Lang says […]

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Articles & JournalsSingapore scientists part of breakthrough in autism research

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SINGAPORE — In a breakthrough that could pave the way for drugs to be developed to treat autism, scientists have discovered common patterns in the way DNA is “packaged” in the brains of autistic individuals that distinguish them from non-autistic people.   There are no drugs now to treat autism as its causes are poorly […]

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