Monthly Archives: September 2020

Articles & JournalsTeam expanded to 11 artisans, 10 of whom are autistic – AutismSTEP

From the outside, the nondescript building with homogenous red bricks stacked one over the other and teak wood panels around the windows forming a cube wasn’t exceptional to Stephanie Choo. The magic happened when she stepped inside the space. “When you walk in, you’ll see this marble staircase. Further in, at the main atrium, there […]

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Articles & JournalsFilm played by Devin Pan as a 19 year old son with Autism lands International Emmy Awards – AutismSTEP

Singaporean writer-director Leon Cheo’s People Like Us has been nominated for Best Short-Form Series at the 2020 International Emmy Awards – a Singapore first. Also nominated is Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, who bagged a Best Performance by an Actress nod for her role in HBO Asia’s Invisible Stories – a series created by Singaporean […]

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Articles & JournalsUrban Farmer hires staff who have autism and other special needs – AutismSTEP

Mr Bjorn Low is mild-mannered and soft-spoken, radiating an affecting calm quite becoming of a gentleman farmer who is happiest tending to his mustard frills, Mexican tarragon, micro basil and other greens. The 39-year-old is the founder of urban farming social enterprise Edible Garden City (EGC). He set it up in 2012 and, in the […]

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Articles & JournalsEyeing the connection between autism and vision – AutismSTEP

When Lilita Gigena was just 3 months old, one of her aunts spotted something unusual: The baby did not follow people with her eyes, as babies typically do by that age. Neither Gigena’s parents nor her pediatrician in their hometown of Córdoba, Argentina, had noticed anything out of the ordinary about the newborn. But her […]

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Articles & JournalsThis teacher goes the extra mile to put on shows for kids with special needs – AutismSTEP

Four years ago, Samantha Bounaparte was volunteering at the Esplanade for a musical performance staged specially for members of an autism community group when she met a boy who was on the autism spectrum. He was showing so much joy while playing the gamelan (a traditional percussive musical instrument from Indonesia) that she went up […]

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Articles & JournalsForum: Laws needed to end insurance bias

Mr Wesley Loh’s call for government intervention to ensure that persons with autism are able to access insurance coverage just like those without disabilities is timely (Govt help needed to tackle insurer bias against autism, Sept 17). Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), state parties are obliged to […]

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Articles & Journals‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

Five years after “Sesame Street” put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show’s materials are helping to change minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder. The venerable children’s television show introduced a character with autism and a collection of online materials with information about the condition and resources for […]

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Articles & JournalsSome autistic children may prefer cats as they don’t hold eye contact

The fleeting way cats make eye contact may explain why some autistic children develop stronger relationships with pet cats than pet dogs. The “less intrusive glance” of cats, compared to the “long gazes” that dogs make, might align better with autistic children’s “social needs,” says Marine Grandgeorge at the University of Rennes in France. “Cats […]

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Articles & JournalsComorbid ADHD More Prevalent in Boys, Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder

In hospitalized children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), predictors of comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) included male sex, adolescent age, White race, and longer hospital stay, according to study results presented at Psych Congress 2020 Virtual Experience, held online from September 11 to 13, 2020. This retrospective study analyzed hospital admission records comprising 3095 cases of […]

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Articles & JournalsMore avenues for progression and training for teachers in special education schools

SINGAPORE – Teachers in special education (Sped) schools will have more room to progress in their careers through two new tracks in teaching and leadership. New hires will also go through a contract teaching stint and a longer diploma programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE). These were some of the plans laid out on […]

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