The criteria for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the same for both boys and girls based on widely accepted diagnostic systems. It has been widely reported that boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ASD.
Recent news in Hong Kong may have confused and frightened many of our children. As adults, it’s a challenge for many of us to remain calm after seeing videos and photos of, hearing about and even witnessing these events.
Remember when you were a child. You couldn’t wait for summer; the end of school, the start of days spent outdoors with family and friends enjoying life. For many adults, however, summer is far less enjoyable.
“Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!” How often do you hear these words this time of year? This is supposed to be a season of joy, happiness and fulfilment. However, our actual experiences often contradict these expectations.
“I’m stressed!” When you hear these words, you probably imagine the many situations in life when you have felt stressed or nervous. The reality is that most of us wish stress would just disappear as it often leads to intense emotional pain.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis that describes individuals who have difficulties with social interaction and communication and engage in repetitive behaviour or inflexible thinking, among other difficulties. Those with ASD may have developed little language and have great difficulty interacting with others.
Something we often forget as parents: we are our children's most important teachers. Our children learn from us, not only how to relate to others, but how to act appropriately. Most parents think of teaching as instructions given to children.
Ask a teenager raised in a Western culture about who’s the boss at home. More than likely, the response will be a confident "I am." Ask the same question of one of the teenager’s parents and you are likely to hear a resigned "I wish I were." Being a teenager and the parent of one poses considerable challenges.
Hong Kong, like most international cities, is highly competitive and extremely fast paced. No one seems to know this better that parents. Our children are educated and socialized in an environment in which friends and classmates are highly focused on academic and social success.