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Singapore: Huge increase in disabled kids

Mar 8, 2017, Straits Time (Singapore): Parliament: Doctors and pre-school teachers to be trained to spot kids with development delays http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-doctors-and-pre-school-teachers-to-be-trained-to-spot-kids-with-development Doctors and pre-school teachers in the neighbourhoods will soon be trained to spot and screen children who are not hitting their developmental milestones so that they get help earlier.… The people targeted for this training are doctors at the hospitals, polyclinics and family medicine practitioners so that they will be able to screen the children for developmental conditions such as speech and language delays and autism spectrum disorders as well as pre-school teachers who can help detect children with such needs early. … Another 200 pre-school teachers, called Learning Support Educators, will also be trained over the next five years to support classroom teachers in helping children with developmental needs to mix well with other children.... Together with National University Hospital, it diagnosed 4,000 new patients in 2015. This was a 60 per cent increase from the about 2,500 new cases diagnosed in 2010, according to MOH....