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Articles & JournalsStepped-up bid to spot developmental delays

autistic children

Doctors in neighbourhood polyclinics and pre-school teachers will be trained to spot and screen children who are not reaching their developmental milestones, so the children can get help earlier. In the next few years, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to form a network of […]

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Articles & JournalsSesame Street to tackle autism with new muppet

autism singapore

WASHINGTON: Sesame Street has often experimented with new ways of teaching children about social issues as well as their ABCs since its launch nearly 50 years ago. Now it’s taking on a new challenge: Autism. The groundbreaking public television children’s program is introducing a new character, a muppet named Julia who has autism, the show’s […]

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Articles & JournalsCleaner with autism makes mum proud

autistic children

When her son was diagnosed with autism at age two, Madam Lin Bi Zhi, 52, cried every day at first. She did not know what to do, or what future her son would have. But today, she watches proudly as Mr Goh Wei Han, 19, prepares himself every morning for his work as a facility […]

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Articles & JournalsA quieter experience for autistic shoppers

autism spectrum

Shopping is stressful and overwhelming for some people with autism as they can be hypersensitive to the lights and sounds in stores. To make shopping environments more conducive for them, a group of volunteers is working with stores to institute a “quiet hour” before or at the start of operations. During this hour, store lights […]

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Articles & JournalsTowards an inclusive workplace

autism partnership singapore

Mr Justin Chua is a bright young man who holds a diploma, but he could not get a permanent job. It was not because the 27-year-old did not try his best. Mr Chua, who has autism, could not cope with the demands at work and did not know how to clarify expectations with his employer. […]

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Articles & JournalsSingapore Budget 2017: Integrating disabled into workforce and supporting caregivers focus of new Govt masterplan

children with special needs

SINGAPORE – The Government will focus on integrating persons with disabilities into the workforce and helping caregivers under its third Enabling Masterplan – a five-year national plan for supporting the group. While the two previous plans focused on increasing support in a range of areas like early intervention and education, employment, care services, assistive technologies […]

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

cure for autism

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

autism recovery

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

autism awareness

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

autism causes

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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