1. Establish quality standards for all key autism services and programmes across a person’s lifespan.
  2. Develop quality training programmes for caregivers and autism professionals.

With the rising number of persons diagnosed with autism in Singapore, services for persons on the spectrum have expanded over the last few years. It is crucial that these services meet rigorous quality standards to ensure positive outcomes for the individuals and their families. This will require the consistent implementation of best practices in all programmes and the presence of skilled support persons, whether they are caregivers or professionals, to implement said practices effectively.

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