I didn’t know exactly what was wrong with me … I felt lost
Story of Nicholas Liu Jichin (a 16-year-old young man with ASD)
from South China Morning Post
A confident and gregarious youth, 16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin had an audience of several hundred people at Chinese University enthralled last November. His 30-minute talk at an autism conference turned into a two-hour session, as parents plied him with questions about his experience.
At the age of three, Nicholas was diagnosed as having high-functioning autism. But today, no one meeting the Hong Kong International School student would realise it.
He undertook a long and arduous journey to overcome his condition. Kindergarten and primary school were lonely times.
Nicholas’ parents, former banker Willy Liu Ke-wei and his wife Linda, became anxious when specialists at Matilda Hospital diagnosed him with autism.
Liu recalls. Nicholas was examined by the Autism Partnership in Hong Kong, as well as the New York University Child Study Centre, both of which confirmed the diagnosis.
The couple devoted their energy to helping Nicholas improve his condition.
From the age of three to six, he had applied behavioural analysis therapy. Professionals from the Autism Partnership spent 30 hours each week with Nicholas for the first two years. That was reduced to 20 hours per week later.
his father says.
Nicholas has vivid memories of those childhood therapy sessions.
To his parents’ delight, the intensive therapy achieved remarkable results:
Two years ago, the Lius decided it was time to tell Nicholas about his condition.
Nicholas says he took the news in his stride.
Nicholas has since taken on the role of autism educator, and gives talks at his school and to staff at the Yaumatei Child Psychiatric Centre. Last summer, he became a volunteer at the Autism Partnership.
Original post (published on 15 Mar, 2013): https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1190732/youngster-becomes-autism-educator-after-overcoming
It’s delighted to have Nicholas as one of the lovely kid in Autism Partnership. We all feel very impressed to see his amazing progress and grateful that he’s willing to share with others his encouraging journey!
This December, he will be a guest speaker in the International Virtual Conference 2020 organized by Autism Partnership and Autism Partnership Foundation US. To hear more from him, RSVP NOW!
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