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Articles & JournalsParliament: Caregivers of people with autism or intellectual disability to get more support

SINGAPORE – Caregivers of people with autism or intellectual disability will get more support, including help to defray the cost of hiring a foreign domestic worker. Currently, caregivers of those who cannot perform activities of daily living such as going to the toilet or showering, can apply for a discounted maid levy and a $120 […]

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Articles & JournalsThey didn’t let Asperger’s define their JC years

The former Pioneer Junior College (PJC) student even took home a Verbal Commendation award. But speaking in public, making eye contact and using hand gestures – these things do not come naturally to Mr Choo, 18. He has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder in which reading social cues and maintaining eye contact is challenging. […]

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Articles & JournalsIt Changed My Life: How a mother lost her 11-year-old son to depression

The three notebooks are filled with doodles, comic strips, riddles and little stories, rendered and written in pencil. One quirky drawing has a parrot mouthing its response to the poser: What do you get when you cross a centipede with a chicken? Answer: Drumsticks for everyone. The illustrations spring from the fertile imagination of Evan, […]

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Articles & JournalsNew President’s Challenge memorabilia launched at Istana’s Open House

SINGAPORE – Visitors to the Istana will now be able to have a memento of the President’s official residence. On Saturday (Feb 17), President Halimah Yacob launched a new series of memorabilia, in conjunction with the Istana’s Open House on the second day of Chinese New Year. The items included leather key chains, fridge magnets […]

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Articles & JournalsKids with special needs treated to sensory-friendly film screening

Watching a movie is a stressful experience for some, like Ms Sun Meilan, 45, and her son, Jay Yik, 10, who has autism. The full-time caregiver said: “He would fidget and make noises. We are always prepared to leave if it does not work out.” Last Saturday, Jay and other children with special needs were […]

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Articles & JournalsYoung girl with special needs shapes her Garden through clay art

SINGAPORE: It’s a lively Saturday afternoon at the National Museum of Singapore, where a group of children are taking part in a bird mobile-making workshop. Among them is Sow Zixuan, a 12-year-old wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, who is concentrating on her own green-coloured bird creation, surrounded by her new friends and her family. “I […]

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Articles & JournalsO-Level results: Seeing students do well is a proud, satisfying moment for Pathlight teachers

SINGAPORE: It was a day of anxiety and excitement not just for the students all over Singapore who received their O-Level results on Friday (Jan 12), but also for the teachers who guided them. And it was an extra special day for two special education teachers, who saw all their O-Level students do well enough to further […]

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Articles & JournalsSocial robot could help adults with autism find work

EDINBURGH – Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have built Alyx, a robot colleague that teaches autistic people to recognise social cues. Alyx was designed to help adults with autism acquire this vital skill in the workplace. Unemployment rates among autistic adults is high – only around 16 per cent are in full-time paid work. […]

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Articles & JournalsSpecial needs children do Christmas shopping early in dimmer, quieter store

SINGAPORE – Shopping in a bright and noisy environment is usually difficult for the family of 10-year-old Jonathan Liu. The Minds Towner Gardens School pupil has autism. “If we are out shopping with him normally, it is just grab and go – it is difficult to get him to stop walking around,” said his mother Ivy […]

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Articles & JournalsGood Doctor not about medicine

Just three weeks after its September debut, The Good Doctor – a drama about a gifted young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome – became the most-watched show on American network television. Its 17 to 18 million viewers each episode set new records for prime-time TV, making it one of the biggest breakout hits of […]

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