Building empathy for people with autism and families of people with autism.
About this course
When you see a child in a shopping mall throwing a tantrum, what's your immediate reaction? Irritation? Annoyance? Why is this child causing such a ruckus? Has the parent been too lax in disciplining the child?
Now, what if you knew that the wailing child with his distressed parent at the side, has autism? How would you react differently?
Understanding Autism aims to build in the hearts of the community, a strong sense of empathy for people with autism and families of people with autism. From annoyance, to understanding. From understanding to caring. It makes for a more gracious and inclusive society.
The Course Motif is drawn by Rachel Fong, a graduate of Pathlight School. Rachel is now studying Digital Animation at The Republic Polytechnic. She has a strong interest in Japanese manga, and is intensely curious about all things gothic.
What you will learn
- Identify the core characteristics of autism
- Recognise some possible causes of autism
- Identify the prevalence of autism
- Recognise that autism exists on a spectrum
- Recognise that every individual with autism is unique
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Dr SIM Zi Lin
She received ...training in the neuropsychological and educational assessment for children and adolescents during her time at UC Berkeley. She has published and presented her work in numerous academic outlets, including a feature on Wall Street Journal. Dr Sim is currently responsible for training and coaching new and existing staff in designing autism-friendly learning environments, incorporating students’ learning profile into one’s pedagogy. She also writes and conducts therapy programmes for individuals on the autism spectrum in areas including self-regulation, assertiveness and self-advocacy. She believes that “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn” (Ignacio Estrada).
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Dr LAM Chee Meng
He has been ...a practicing psychologist since 1985 and has been trained in various assessment methods and intervention techniques. Dr Lam is currently the Principal Autism Consultant at the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) and is a key consultant to Pathlight and Eden Schools. He provides specialist autism training and coaching to professionals, educators, parents and caregivers in a wide variety of autism-related subjects.