06 Feb '11, 10pm

What it's like to live with autism

SINGAPORE - Burger, fries, ice-cream. It was meant to be an unchanging fast-food sequence but things got hairy. Ms Brenda Tan's son, Calder, is autistic and an obsession with routine is a trait associated with his condition. The ice-cream dispenser was out of order that day and no dessert would mean "a break in the routine", which could have sparked a "tornado"-like meltdown on Calder's part, said Ms Tan, who recently self-published a book on autism. "It was a miracle that he could contain his uneasiness and temper," she told Today, explaining that Calder seemed to be persuaded by the option of having ice-cream at home instead. "I ask for miracles on a daily basis," added Ms Tan, who credits her Christian faith with helping her cope with a child who's sometimes "beyond" her. Calder, now six, was diagnosed with moderate autism when he was three. In the foreword to her book,...

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