18 May '11, 9pm

Caution's in order when diagnosing autism in children

I refer to "Study shows one in 38 children in S Korean city may have autism" (May 10) and wish to caution readers that it does not mean there is an autism epidemic worldwide. Let us first know and understand the operating definition of autism as a spectrum disorder. Based on past and current research, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental syndrome of constitutional origin (genetic) and whose cause could also be epigenetic. Its onset is usually around the first three years of birth, with empathising deficits that result in a triad of impairments in communication, social interaction and imagination (or presence of stereotyped behaviours) - but may, on the other hand, display (especially by autistic savants) or hide (especially by autistic crypto-savants) a strong systemising drive that accounts for a distinct triad of strengths: Good attention to detail, de...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110519-0000225/Cauti...

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straitstimes.com 18 May '11, 11am

Architect Chaw Chih Wen, 33 (centre), and his team - Ho Shok Wan, 31 (right), and Lin Zihao, 30. He is the creator of the ...