Aiding the Autistic

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The 2 Way Centre helps children with special education needs and their parents to become their teachers.

To Dato’ Dr Lai Fong Hwa, a retired consultant psychiatrist at Penang General Hospital, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.

“Many children with ASD have no problem excelling in education. Children as young as two years old can memorise numbers and alphabets, and they can label thousands of things they see. Some move on and graduate with double degrees and even PhDs. But working in an organisation and living in a society requires communication skills too, and that is what they are lacking,” says Lai.


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