A mother's journey with autism

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Alina Gooi and her two children.

Finding functional space for the autistic person requires patience and dedication… and lots of love.
Autism is a condition or disorder that begins in childhood and causes problems in forming relationships and communicating with other people1. It is estimated than one out of 600 children in Malaysia is born autistic2.

While there is no known cause for the disorder, children with autism do show early signs and symptoms. According to Dr Ditto Prihadi, an educational psychologist, “Children with autism do not attempt to make eye contact with other people from a very early age because they simply do not tell differences between living and non-living materials. In other words, they see us as they see tables or walls.”


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