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More children in Singapore diagnosed with special needs; spike attributed to growing awareness, systematic screening

More children in Singapore diagnosed with special needs; spike attributed to growing awareness, systematic screening

Through the Signpost programme conducted by KK Women's and Children's Hospital, self-employed driver Ratna Jahaya, 39, was able to cope better with with the ASD diagnosis of her four-year-old son Dani. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Theresa Tan There are more children diagnosed with developmental problems. The number has grown steadily, almost doubling in the past six years. In 2005, the Child Development Programme (CDP) saw 1,333 new cases of preschoolers found to have conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD), speech delays and behavioural problems. Last year, this number almost doubled to 2,502. Professor Ho Lai Yun, who is director of the programme at the Ministry of Health (MOH), attributed the spike to growing awareness and systematic screening of developmental problems. Background story 2,502 new cases among preschoolers in 2010 1,333 new cases among preschool...

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