What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
ASD is present from birth although the features tend to become more obvious as the child gets older, often between 2 and 3 years of age. The children’s conditions include autism, speech and language delays, behavioural problems and global development delay.
A Growing Problem
This comes as more pre-schoolers here get diagnosed with developmental issues. The worldwide prevalence of ASD is estimated to be about 1%. The local prevalence rates are not known exactly but there are at least 400 new cases diagnosed annually in Singapore.
What Can Be Done
Early detection and redressal of autism and related disorders are of high importance as children get shaped up at this very young age. The learning curve for preschoolers with autism is different from their peers. These children need special attention & support to address their social, physical, intellectual development and curriculum education.