Autism is a developmental disorder which leads to difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, with social interactions, and with understanding and predicting other people’s intentions and behaviours. On this Autism Awareness Day, it’s important that we know the facts:
1. The cause for autism is as yet unknown.
- Resources in Singapore | Autism Resource Centre
- Intervention resources | Autism Partnership
- Services resources | Autism Association
2. Not everyone who has autism has a special talent like that of Raymond in Rain Man (1988).
- What is Autism? | ASHA
- What is Autism? | KKH Healthpedia
- Triad of impairments | NHS
- Facts about autism | US CDC
- Autism Fact Sheet | US NINDS
- Autism Fact Sheet | US National Autism Association
- Myths and Facts | UK National Autistic Society
- 11 Myths about autism | www.dosomething.org
- Aspergers Syndrome | Dyslexia Association of Singapore
3. Autism can be diagnosed in early childhood.
- Early interventions are available at the Rainbow Centre.
- Schooling for children autism is available at the Eden School.
- Other schools include the Pathlight School.
- Children can also attend the MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School.
- St Andrew’s Autism Centre operates a school and a day activity centre.
4. More boys than girls are diagnosed with autism.
5. There are support groups for families of individuals with autism.
- Autism Support Singapore
- Autism Recovery Network
- Shoulders SG
- World Autism Awareness SG
- Autism, ADHD, ADD Support Group!
6. It’s important for parents to receive emotional support as well.
- “Helping children with autism” | Help Guide
- “Why family support is important” | Organization for Autism Research
- Resources for Autism | Autism Speaks
- “Problem solving may aid mothers of kids with autism” (Asiaone, 13 Nov 2013)