Number of children in Sibu diagnosed with autism on the rise

Ngu (centre) said 127 children were identified as having autism last year.

By William Isau

SIBU, March 20: Sibu recorded 127 children as autistic last year.

“Based on information from the Lau King Howe Memorial Children’s Clinic at Agape Sibu Centre, (the number of) children diagnosed with autism reach 100 every year. The number was 127 last year,” said Sibu Autistic Association president David Ngu here today.

Ngu was speaking at a press conference to announce the National Autism Convention will be held at RH Hotel here from May 6 to 7.

He added that according to the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), one out of 68 children will be diagnosed with autism.

“This means that 9,000 babies born in Malaysia will be diagnosed with autism,” he added.

On the convention, he said it is open to the public as well as parents who have children diagnosed with autism, and teachers and students in related faculties.

“Education on managing autistic children is important for parents to learn related management tips through this convention,” he added.

Ngu said a total of 13 invited speakers from various related fields will give lectures on various aspects of managing the needs of autistic children.

He said, it includes learning ways of communication, diet, therapy and inclusive education.

“We cannot expect teachers and caregivers in autism centres or institutions to take care of our children.

“As parents, we have a lot of time at home for children compared to teachers and caregivers in autism centres or institutions.

“Therefore, this convention is very beneficial for them,” he stressed.

He said, Sarawakians attending the convention which is being organised by Sibu Autism Association will be charged a fee of RM100 while non-Sarawakians will be charged RM150.

The fee, he said, is inclusive of food, drinks and accommodation for participants who are not from Sarawak.

“Those who are interested can register via the QR code provided on Sibu Autistic Association’s social media page,” he added. — DayakDaily