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  • 語言和溝通缺陷

  • 社交能力及社會互動障礙

  • 缺乏認知能力及適應能力

  • 有限、重複及偏執性行為和興趣


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 44 children. In Hong Kong, the number of students with ASD studying in public sector ordinary schools for 2015/2016 school years was 6800, while the number for 2020/2021 school years has increased to 11,870. The ever-increasing prevalence of ASD together with its impacts is something that we cannot afford to ignore.

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