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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many parents get alarmed when their children are not developing according to the normal milestone or are not compatible with their siblings or peers. With the abundance sources and information from the internet, many parents may go ahead of themselves when it comes to the wellbeing of their children.


"My child is always running around and is very hyperactive. Is he autistic?"

"My child is very quiet and doesn’t talk too much. He does not mix with friends or plays with them, do you think he has autism?"

"My child does not look at us when we talk to her, is she alright?"

"My child is learning very slowly, is he autistic?"

Many parents get alarmed when their children are not developing according to the normal milestone or are not compatible with their siblings or peers. With the abundance sources and information from the internet, many parents may go ahead of themselves when it comes to the wellbeing of their children.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as the name suggests is a spectrum disorder where the disorder ranges from mild to severe form of presentations. In the mild form, ASD affects an individual minimally with little impact on their everyday functioning. In the severe form, ASD not only have an impact on an individual’s everyday functioning, but also affects the wellbeing and quality life of the immediate family members.


According to The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), individual with ASD presents with the below core symptoms, level of severity depends.


A. Fulfilling 3 of 3 symptoms below:

· Deficit in social-emotional reciprocity; abnormal social approach; incapable in normal conversation of sharing interests, emotions; lack of initiation of social intera