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More kids with autism, raising demand for school places

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

More Singapore children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, with demand for places in schools for them going up as well. In the past five years, public hospitals reported an annual increase of about 15 per cent of autism cases among children aged up to six years. The steady rise is due to parents, who are now better educated, being more aware of the condition and improvements in the diagnosis process, said experts interviewed. There is better overall developmental surveillance and screening of children, and milder forms of autism are now more readily diagnosed, a Health Ministry spokesman told ST. In tandem with the uptrend is a growing demand for places in autism-focused schools. At least two will be expanding: Pathlight and Eden. The rising enrolment of children with autism is also apparent in mainstream education settings, such as kindergartens and national schools, said Mrs Julia Teo, deputy director of Busy Bees Asia, which runs Bright Path Preschool for children with different learning needs....

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