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Needed – special school for children with autism

June 18, 2012

The prime minister's wife suggests using a US model where music, songs and dance are used to conduct classes.

KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, today suggested that a special school be set up for autistic children to help provide them with proper education so that they could receive proper learning and education.

She said the proposed school could use the Ivymount School in Rockville in the United States as a model, where teachers helped to build the confidence of autistic children through music, songs and dance.

Rosmah, who visited the Ivymount School in 2010, said she found that children with autism could understand their lessons better through music.

She said she was willing to pave the way for the setting up of such a school and wanted the Social Welfare Department to look at the implementation side.

“Although autism is a life-long disorder, an autistic person can still be guided to face challenges from the outside world,” she said at the presentation of “Rock Melon” to the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) here.

Rosmah advised parents to observe their children’s behaviour to detect the early symptoms of autism and to send them to proper schools.

She said children with autism should not be sent to ordinary schools.

“Studies show that autistic children who receive early intervention show a more significant development,” she added.

At the function, Nasom received RM550,000, contributed by Irish Corporation Bhd, through the Rock Melon project carried out in the compound of the Prime Minister’s official residence, Seri Perdana in Putrajaya.

There are about 47,000 people with autism in the country and one out of 600 children suffers from the disease.



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