22 Jul '11, 10pm

Voices: The mother of an autistic child speaks out about her experience

"Maybe he's late because he's the youngest or maybe we have pampered him too much or maybe he's just not ready," I wondered. Why doesn't my son talk when he is already two years old? And why does he always find it hard to sleep no matter how sleepy he is? I decided to research into sleeping difficulties but, instead, came across autism. That was when my world came crashing down. Everything fell into place. After more than a year since his official diagnosis, my heart still breaks. But I do not blame anyone and try to find the cause of it anymore. My research shows there is a high chance for learning abilities if autism is detected early and that it is best "tackled" before the age of three. We enrolled our son in the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) run by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. The waiting list was terrible. I...

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