Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is characterised by difficulties in social communication and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours and interests.
The ABCs of ASD (Children)
The ABCs of ASD (Adults)
To learn more about ASD in adults, refer to Adult Neurodevelopmental Service - IMH | Institute of Mental Health.
There is currently no cure for autism, but there are interventions that may target areas of needs and weaknesses. These usually involve teaching of skills and providing some form of therapy to the individual. Some autistic individuals might require speech therapy while others might benefit from social skills training or need support in emotional regulation. Some autistic individuals might also require occupational therapy or vocational training. There is no one standard treatment or intervention for individuals on the spectrum. Treatment must be individualised, discussed collaboratively with the individual and/or caregivers, and be delivered at an age or developmentally appropriate level.
For preschoolers, developmental paediatricians, such as doctors at the KKH Department of Child Development and the NUH Child Development Unit would be able to assess these concerns.
For school-going children and adolescents from 6 – 18 years old, the IMH Neuro-Behavioural Clinic offers autism diagnostic services and interventions for co-morbid mental health concerns. To make an appointment to see a doctor at the Child Guidance Clinic, please call 6389 2200 or email HPB@imh.com.sg for enquiries.
For adults with Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or ASD with co-occurring mental health conditions, the Adult Neurodevelopmental Service (ANDS) provides assessment and treatment. For more info, visit Adult Neurodevelopmental Service - IMH | Institute of Mental Health
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