The survey found that children with autism in Hong Kong were diagnosed after an average of two and a half years, lower than foreign requirements with is before the age of 2. Even if parents notice earlier that their children are different, more than half are mistaken for social or language problems and miss the prime time of treatment before the age of three.
Research analyzed 921 cases of children with autism from 2008 to 2014 and found that the average age of diagnosis was between 2 months 7 months ole and 3 years old; in year 2018, among the 75 cases, diagnosis was after the age of three in general which was far below the requirement of a foreign requirements which is to be diagnosed between 18 months and two years old.
Parents: “I think there is obvious differences”
About three years old, she was diagnosed with autism. His mother found his son to be problematic as early as one year old, claiming he does not have eye contact. “There is a clear difference from his brother. She had consulted the Maternal and Child Health Centre. However, the center only pointed out that his development was incomplete.
Zhu Jiali, a clinical psychologist, said the situation of child assessment in Hong Kong is worse than foreign countries. This is due to the lack of knowledge and misunderstanding. Parents may mistakenly believe that they have experience in recognizing children with autism but they are not. However, this is not the case.
She said that if a young child is treated before the age of three, it can improve the child’s behaviors better such as throwing things and hitting the head. The later the diagnosis, the harder it is to improve behavioral problems. She suggested that child health centers and assessment clinics should include autism in routine assessment programs and increase public awareness of autism.
Full article found at : Yahoo News
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