He harms himself and others but he can't control it, says woman of autistic son

Mrs Abby Cheong's autistic son Aaron was first diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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SINGAPORE - Sometimes, when her 30-year-old son hears a baby crying or a motorcycle engine roaring, he cups his hands over his ears and repeats: "Don't hurt mummy."

Signs like this show Mrs Abby Cheong, 63, that her autistic son Aaron does not mean to hurt her when he has his episodes that are triggered by loud noises.

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