If this were to be taken as a standard in Malaysia, there would be more than 3,000 new cases each year nationwide.
Said [National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) chairman Teh Beng Choon]: â€śThe question is how different are we in Malaysia from the US? Thatâ€™s a pretty scary number. Everyone should be concerned.â€ť
Dr Hasnah Toran, a senior lecturer in Early Intervention, Autism and Assessment from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysiaâ€™s Education Faculty, believed the situation in Malaysia is closer to that of the US as revealed by the recent research.
â€śThere are various problems with the survey conducted in Malaysia (which said that one in 625 Malaysian children is autistic). For one, it was only conducted in Perak [one of the 13 states of Malaysia]. That represents only the tip of an iceberg in relation to the birth rate around the country. Iâ€™m not convinced (of the figures) because each time I walk into a school, I can see some students displaying autistic symptoms,â€ť she said.
Suggests the difference that awareness and understanding of autism can make, wherever in the world you are.