Mother of two autistic kids says ‘take care of yourself first’
His family has never heard him speak a coherent sentence.
This is because Amir Rosman, 16, has Asperger Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. His brother, Raihan, 24, has the same disorder.
They are being cared for by their parents and 22-year-old sister, a student care teacher.
Their father, Mr Rosman Rostam, 51, who works 12-hour night shifts as a supervisor in the cargo freight department at Changi Airport, said it can get tiring caring for the brothers as they require extra attention.
“But we just have to accept them as they are. There are many others who are worse off and we should count our blessings,” he said.
The brothers have mild to moderate autism and are unable to read and write. While Mr Raihan can communicate verbally, Amir communicates by blabbering or gesturing.
Their mother, Madam Satirah Jaffar, 48, is a janitor at the airport.
She said: “My greatest worry is that they will need to rely on others in future.
“They are not articulate and intellectually challenged. I am afraid people might take advantage of their condition.”
Despite the stress of taking care of the brothers, the close-knit family remains optimistic and enjoys spending time together, eating with their extended family and watching movies at home.
Madam Satirah said: “Taking care of our sons taught us about responsibility, patience and courage.
“We must remain hopeful. Right now, they are not capable, but who knows, in the future they might be the ones taking care of us.”
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