More Children Diagnosed with Special Needs

There has been a 76% increase for cases diagnosed between 2010 and 2014 for children with special needs such as development delays, speech and language delays, learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The top 2 conditions diagnosed among preschooler are speech and language delays and ASD. ASD make up about 20 to 25% of the cases diagnosed. Globally, the incidence rates for ASD cases has been on the rise. The World Health Organisation declared the rate to be 1 out of 160 children. The rate of ASD in Singapore is 1 out of 150 people.

In 2011, the reported waiting time to see a doctor to get a diagnosis was 2 months. In 2016, the Ministry of Social and Family Development reported that the waiting time has shortened to between 7 days and 3 weeks.

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