‘Autistic kids need special schools’

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Managing the educational needs of autistic children is beyond the ability of the normal school system, so the need for a specialised school is pertinent and timely, said Human Resources Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam.

“There is a need for educational centres for them because of the complexity of their development.

“The management of each spectrum of disability is different and the Education Ministry together with the Welfare Department are looking at the roles they can play in addressing these needs.”

He said the ability of diagnosing autism was still lacking in the country and that children with autism were normally put into different categories of disorders.

“The treatment and management is different. The problems can only be understood when the parents are involved,” he said after presenting a RM100,000 cheque for the Archdiocesan office for Human Development’s Special Needs Learning Centre.

The learning centre was started in 2001 through the initiatives of three parents and the former director of National Office for Human Development Br Anthony Rogers.

Read more: ‘Autistic kids need special schools’ – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/autistic-kids-need-special-schools-1.89035#ixzz1wJQ3jf3R