More kids with autism, raising demand for school places

Uptick due to parents being more aware of condition and better diagnosis process: Experts

Pathlight School, for high-functioning children with autism, will be building a second campus in Tampines. Set to open in 2023, the new campus will provide 500 primary-level places. Year-on-year enrolment at Pathlight has risen by 10 per cent to 15 p
Pathlight School, for high-functioning children with autism, will be building a second campus in Tampines. Set to open in 2023, the new campus will provide 500 primary-level places. Year-on-year enrolment at Pathlight has risen by 10 per cent to 15 per cent in the past three years. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

More Singapore children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year, with demand for places in schools for them going up as well.

In the past five years, public hospitals reported an annual increase of about 15 per cent of autism cases among children aged up to six years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2019, with the headline 'More kids with autism, raising demand for school places'. Subscribe