Parents have been urged to take their children for early treatment if they suspect they have any form of learning disability. The Boys' and Girls' Club Association says an increasing number of youngsters are being found to have learning difficulties, largely due to increased parental awareness. A counselling service organised by the non-government organisation found that 50 of the 247 cases it dealt with in the last financial year involved children with learning disorders, such as Asperger Syndrome (a type of autism), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or specific learning disabilities. 'They are all inborn illnesses involving neurological deficit,' said Yeung Sik-ho, executive director of the group said. 'Some of the parents we've helped don't want their children to be treated by the appropriate therapists, fearing there will be a labelling effect on their children. People shouldn't care about such labelling effects. It can only help their children.' He said that if children were not treated early, they would turn out to be troublemakers at school. 'They can't concentrate during lessons, they can't follow what the teachers say, so they keep disturbing the class. [When they reach a more mature age] they have their own world. There will be lots of peer group influence and the parents might not even be able to visit us with the children.'