Navigating Social Situations With Autism

By Emilia Ismail

November 2023 FEATURE
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PARENTS OF CHILDREN with autism face many challenges, particularly when managing their behaviour in social situations. Firdaus Fishal, a special needs educator at Prospect Rainbow Centre in Tanjung Tokong, explains that children with autism often have sensory sensitivities, difficulty communicating and anxiety in unfamiliar environments, which may lead to distress and meltdowns. “Changes in routine can cause heightened anxiety, making it difficult for them to attend dental appointments, sit through haircuts or travel by plane.“Regrettably, these social situations are not...

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Emilia Ismail

is the co-founder of Penang Hidden Gems and a writer. Her articles can be found in The Star, Penang Monthly and Penang Global Tourism.