WHAT IS AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)?
Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a severe disruption of the normal development process, with varying degrees of severity and levels of functioning. The cause remains unknown and ASD can be often diagnosed within the first few years of life. Although symptoms of autism vary from child to child, the core areas affected include:
Deficits in language and communication
Impairments in socialisation and social interaction
Undeveloped cognitive and adaptive functioning
Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviour and interests
According to the statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, the ASD prevalence is now 1 in 59 children. In Hong Kong, there were 6,800 children with sutiam studying in mainstream in 2015/2016 and it was estimated that the number would be more than 10,000 in the year of 2017/2018. Ever-increasing prevalence of ASD together with its impacts are something that we cannot afford to ignore.
ABOUT AUTISM PARTNERSHIP FOUNDATION (APF)
Vision: Together We Create a Brighter Future for Children with Autism and their Families
Mission: APF strives for the best potential of children with autism by an intensive and professional Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy and supports their families to improve their quality of life
APF is a registered charity organisation in Hong Kong. We are committed to making a difference to the lives of the children with ASD and their families. We provide complementary* intensive ABA therapy to children with ASD from low-income families and organise ABA skills training and workshops for parents, aiming to improve the behavioural problems of their children as earliest as possible. APF also generates public awareness and knowledge about ASD through various public education and publicity campaigns in order to let children with ASD receive the most suitable and scientifically effective treatment. Please visit www.apf.org.hk to know more about our work.
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