A mother's journey with autism

By Emilia Ismail

May 2015 HEALTH
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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...

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Emilia Ismail

is a freelance writer who has a love-hate relationship with the weighing scale.