“Perceptual Assessment of Cleft Palate Speech / Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: An International Perspective & A Tool for Cantonese-speaking Children” Seminar

Cantonese has a unique phonological system where its consonants, vowels and syllabic structure that are different to other languages. However, there is no speech assessment tool specifcally designed for Cantonese-speaking children with cleft lip and palate. In view of this gap in clinic practice, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Insitute of Human Communicative Research organized a seminar on 'Perceptual Assessment of Cleft Palate Speech/ Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: An International Perspective & A Tool for Cantonese-speaking Children' on 6 July 2019 with surgeons, specialists and speech therapists specialized in children with cleft lip and palate sharing their expertise to the participants. The seminar attracted over 170 paticipants, including speech therapists, doctors and speech therapy students. The participant not only were introduced to the newly developed speech assessment tool, they also had the opportunity to practice using the assessment tool supplemented by case studies.

“Golden opportunity or potential crisis? Being a speech therapist in residential care homes for the elderly” Seminar

The Institute of Human Communicative Research (IHCR) and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, conducted a very successful seminar on 24th February, 2019 on dysphagia management, which is probably the major but potentially risky role that a speech therapist has in the residential care homes for the elderly (RCHE). Assessing and managing dysphagia is challenging because of the various limitations. The useful information, practical tips and case discussion in this seminar specifically enhanced participants’ knowledge in dysphagia management and in particular, the tools and skills a speech therapist needs to strive in a RCHE environment. Due to overwhelming response, the seminar was re-run on 24th March, 2019. The two identical seminars attracted over 110 speech therapists to attend.

Professional Seminar on Clinical Education 2019
The Institute of Human Communicative Research (IHCR) and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery invited Dr. Anne Hill (Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland) to conduct a very successful “Professional Seminar on Clinical Education” on 26th to 27th January, 2019. In the 2-day seminar, Dr Hill provided an in-depth explanation of the clinical supervision process, her fruitful experience and useful information to the participants, so that participants could easily grasp the basic theory and practical skills of clinical education in speech therapy.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2018
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research organized the fifth Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium on 3-4 Novemebr 2018 at Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This event was supported by Hospital Authority, Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and Hong Kong Society of Audiology. The day was rich with an eclectic mix of topics delivered by experts from the field in the form of oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, keynote speeches as well as workshops in parallel sessions. Over 250 professionals attended the symposium.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2018 - Symposium Seminar
Childhood Apraxia of Speech from Diagnosis to Discharge
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research organized the Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2018 - Symposium Seminar on 1-2 November 2018 at Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We invited Professor Tricia McCabe, Head of Discipline and Professor of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney to deliver the talk titled “Childhood Apraxia of Speech from Diagnosis to Discharge”. Over 200 professionals, including Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists etc., attended the seminar.
“Dynamic Assessment for Young Children – Theory and Application” Seminar and Workshop
The Institute of Human Communicative Research (IHCR) and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery invited Professor David Tzuriel (Emeritus Professor at Bar Ilan University) to conduct a very successful seminar and workshop on “Dynamic Assessment for Young Children – Theory and Application” during 3rd – 7th June. The 1-day seminar and two identical 2-day workshop were filled with interesting demonstrations, clinical examples, research findings and useful information to equip participants with knowledge and theoretical foundation in applying dynamic assessment to young children in the fields of education and speech pathology to assess children’s learning potential and capabilities.
Speech Therapy Professional Seminar ‘Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech’ cum Briefing Session of SIE Project
The Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery has recently been funded by Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) on a project to disseminate the Division’s research findings about severe speech sound disorder including childhood apraxia of speech to local speech therapists. The professional seminar cum briefing session was successfully held on 2 May 2018. Prof. Kathy Lee and Mr. Eddy Wong, speech therapist of the Division, were invited to share the Division’s newly proposed diagnostic methods and treatment programme for Cantonese-speaking children with severe speech sound disorder to about 400 speech therapists.
Seminar on "Advances in Communication Assessment and Theory of Mind Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Prof. Patricia Ann Prelock, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont, conducted the seminar of “Advances in Communication Assessment and Theory of Mind Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” on 3-4 February.  Topics included the application of communication profiles, advancement of Theory of Mind intervention and clinical strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Over 190 speech therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, paediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, university lecturers and teachers from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China and Singapore attended the Seminar.
Communication Disorders and Sciences Expert Seminar Series ~ Seminar on "Incorporating Counselling into Speech-Language Pathology: An Insider's Perspective on Clinical Application"
The first seminar of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Expert Seminar Series was successfully held on 19 March 2017. Dr Renee Ip, a speech therapist and counsellor, shared her extensive experience and cases on how to incorporate counselling into speech-language pathology. Over 60 speech therapists, clinical psychologists and students attended the seminar.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2016
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized the forth Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium on 22-23 October 2016 at Prince of Wales Hospital. This event was supported by the Department of Electronic Engineering and Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and Hong Kong Society of Audiology. The day was rich with an eclectic mix of topics delivered by experts from the field in the form of oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, keynote speeches as well as workshops in parallel sessions. Over 200 professionals attended the symposium.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2016 ~ Pre-Symposium Seminar
Innovations in Theory of Mind Assessment & Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized the Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2016 ~ Pre-Symposium Seminar on 20 and 22 October 2016 at Prince of Wales Hospital. We invited Professor Patricia Prelock, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont to deliver the talk titled “Innovations in Theory of Mind Assessment & Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Over 200 professionals, including Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, attended the seminar.
Cantonese Spoken Word Recognition Test (CanSWORT) Dissemination Seminar
The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized the Cantonese Spoken Word Recognition Test (CanSWORT) Dissemination Seminar on 24 June 2016 in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The developers, Dr. Iris Ng, Mr. Joffee Lam and Prof. Kathy Lee, introduced the development and clinical application of CanSWORT and gave complimentary CanSWORT to the professionals who had participated in the development. Over 400 participants including audiologists, speech therapists and related professionals and students attended the dissemination seminar. They shown positive attitude regarding its clinical applicability, as well as the test reliability and validity.
Enhancing Logical Thinking and Reading Comprehension Skills by Mediated Learning Experience
The Institute of Human Communicative Research and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized a public talk on “Enhancing Logical Thinking and Reading Comprehension Skills by Mediated Learning Experience” in The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 18 June 2016. Our speech therapist, Ms. Rachael Wong, introduced how to enhance logical thinking and reading comprehension skills by mediated learning experience. Over 200 parents and teachers attended the talk.
Advances in Stuttering and The Lidcombe Program Workshop
The Institute of Human Communicative Research and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized “Advances in Stuttering and The Lidcombe Program Workshop” in Prince of Wales Hospital from 27 to 29 May 2016. Dr Valerie Lim, Senior Principal Speech Therapist of the Singapore General Hospital, and Mr Thomas Law, Speech Therapist of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, were invited to share their knowledge on the latest development of stuttering treatment and theories and practical skills of Lidcombe Program. Over 50 participants including speech therapists and related professionals attended the workshop.
Since the workshop was oversubscribed, another identical 3-day workshop had been held on 23-25, September, 2016.
Bilingualism in the early years - what can parents do
In the competitive society, there is a huge advantage if you can speak more than one language. However, child may find difficulties in learning to be bilingual and parents may have many related concerns and questions. In view of this, “Bilingualism in the early years - what can parents do” public talk was successfully held on 31 January 2016. Rachel Wong, our speech therapist, was the speaker of the talk. Content included: factors conducive to bilingual learning, process of bilingual learning and common problems, way to create conducive environment for bilingual learning, and raising general learning ability cognitively. 130 kindergarten and primary school parents and teachers and persons who are interested attended the talk.
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (Basic FEES) Workshop 2015
Institute of Human Communicative Research and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery had organized another successful FEES workshop on 14 and 15 December 2015. Held over 2 days and headed by Dr Phua Sin Yong from Singapore; over 60 Asia Pacific clinicians received an intensive full-day lecture on dysphagia management followed by supervised hands-on nasoendoscopy practice with each other. Other expert faculty from CUHK included Prof. Michael Tong, Dr. Peter Ku, Dr. Fiona Ho, Dr. John Lee, Dr. Zion To, Dr. Nelson Lai, Dr. Duncan Wong and Speech Therapists Thomas Law from ENT.
Review for Lecture on TMS
The Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK held a lecture on “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” on the 2nd August, 2015 at the CUHK and invited Dr Sebastian Doeltgen from the Flinders University, South Australia to hold this lecture. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, neurophysiologic method used to stimulate regions of the human brain, and is used to investigate intra-cortical, cortico-cortical, and cortico-subcortical interactions and pathophysiology of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, etc. The TMS, related theories and also practical considerations were introduced and discussed. Participants included medical doctors, nurses, speech therapists, psychiatrists and audiologist, etc.
How to improve students' thinking and understanding
“Logic” comes from the Greek vocabulary “lobos”, meaning “thinking”. Invented by famous Greek scientist Aristotle two thousand years ago, it is a study of correct thinking method, and is very important to human learning, understanding, judgement, identification and creation. Weak logical thinking is one of the most common reasons that school aged children encounter difficulties in their learning process. Students often fail to understand complex articles; disorganized in thinking and speaking; easy to give up once they face difficulties; lack of motivation; and being careless in daily life . Following the public lecture on “Tactile-Kinesthetic Program”, we held “How to improve students' thinking and understanding” Public Talk on 18 July, 2015 at CUHK campus and Rachel Wong, our speech therapist, was the speaker of the talk. Content included: ability required for speech and reading comprehension, related difficulties, ways to improve development of students’ logical thinking and ability of reading comprehension. This talk aimed to deepen participants' understanding on related issues, enhancing their ability in helping students to master logical thinking which is the key to knowledge.
Public Seminar cum Briefing for Parents on “Tactile Mediated Learning”
In order to promote “Tactile Mediated Learning” which is designed by Professor Raven Feuerstein and made by Professor Roman Gouzman, Public Seminar cum Briefing for Parents on “Tactile Mediated Learning” was held by the Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK on 4 July, 2015. Over 120 parents, teachers and interested parties attended the events. Rita Wong and Rachel Wong, our speech therapists, shared their wealth of knowledge in “Tactile Mediated Learning” and let participants who were blindfolded to touch different objects to deepen public understanding of this learning method. Besides, Rita and Rachel answered participants’ questions to let them understand how can this learning method improve cognitive function and enhance thinking skills.
Children Language Development Series – Speech
Language development is a vital part of child growth and closely linked with everyday life and academic achievement. In view of this, Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research held a public talk titled “Children Language Development Series – Speech” on 23 May, 2015. Over 130 parents, teachers and interested parties attended the talk. Rachel Wong, our speech therapist, shared her wealth of knowledge in Cantonese phonetic system, language development of child, relationship between speech and reading and writing development, common articulation problems and training skills.
Public Lecture and Workshop on “Tactile-Kinesthetic Program”
Professor Roman Gouzman, the Head of Tactile Instrumental Enrichment at the Feuerstein Institute had been invited by Division of Speech Therapy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to conduct the Public Lecture and Workshop on “Tactile-Kinesthetic Program”. Tactile Instrumental Enrichment (Tactile IE) and related theories were introduced in the lecture on 29 March, 2015. Professor Gouzman explained how Tactile IE reintroduces IE through a multi-sensory approach which includes touch, motion and sound. Over 80 participants, including parents, teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc. attended the lecture. After the 1-day lecture, 5-day workshop was held on 30 March – 3 April to further equip the professionals who have already attended the related basic training course(s) before with the knowledge and skills related to Tactile instruments specially designed. Participates were awarded a “Certificate of Instrumental Enrichment Tactile Mediator” upon completion of the workshop.
Dynamic Assessment for Young Children - Theory and Application
The Division of Speech Therapy had invited Professor David Tzuriel, a clinical and educational psychologist who has much expertise and experience on dynamic assessment of learning potential, to hold a 3-day seminar and workshop in the Early December, 2014. Since the workshop is oversubscribed, another identical 2-day workshop had been held on 10-11, December, 2014. The programme focuses on the dynamic assessment for young children. Related theories were introduced in the seminar and 7 dynamic assessments tests for young children were taught in the workshop and participants also had chances to practice the tests learnt.
How to expand the learning potential of your child 2014
“How to expand your child’s learning potential?” were re-delivered on 8 November 2014 and over 160 educational professionals, parents and interested parties attended the talks. The talks were delivered by our speech therapist, Rita Wong, at the Division of Speech Therapy, CUHK. Rita shared her wealth of knowledge in understanding various cognitive functions and how to use the method of “mediation” to stimulate cognitive functions. Demonstration session had also been held so participants had deeper understanding to related theories.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2014
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized the third Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium in autumn, 2014. This event was supported by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, CUHK; Hospital Authority; Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and Hong Kong Society of Audiology Ltd. The day was rich with an eclectic mix of topics delivered by experts from the field in the form of oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, keynote speeches as well as workshops in parallel sessions. Over 200 professionals attended the symposium.
Tips to talk better - here is the how 2014
Communication skill of Cantonese plays an important role in our society and parents also pay much attention to intelligible speech and speech development of their children. Mr Yeptain Leung, speech therapist from the Division of Speech Therapy, held a talk titled “Tips to talk better – here is the how” on 27 September 2014. The talk covered basic knowledge on Cantonese phonology and speech sound milestones of Hong Kong children as well as ways to facilitate their development. Over 60 parents, teachers and interested parties attended the seminar and the details can be downloaded in this website.
Public Talk 2014 - Language Development of age 4 and Beyond
Following the positive response in 2013, Miss Rachel Wong, Speech Therapist at the division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Language and Reading Development at age 4 and beyond” in July 2014 once again. Miss Wong shared her wealth of knowledge on preschool language and reading development, early signs of reading difficulties and ways to improve language and reading abilities. The talk attracted approximately 200 parents, educational professionals and interested parties to attend.
Promotion of early language and communication intervention of elderly people with dementia --public talk
To promote early language and communication intervention of Elders people with dementia, Institute of Human Communicative Research has organized a 1.5-hour talk on 17 May 2014. Several tens of participants from medical field, health care units as well as primary care taking circle of the patients attended the lecture. Speech therapist Ms. Rita Wong shared her knowledge on different cognitive functions, how to use 'mediation' to promote language and communication abilities of people with dementia in daily living.
An Overview of Dynamic Assessment
On 3 May 2014, Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck organized a briefing session on Dynamic Assessment. Speech therapist Ms. Rita Wong shared her knowledge on historical background, application of Dynamic Assessment, difference between standardized testing and Dynamic Assessment, etc. Over 100 participants, including clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, doctors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, parents, attended the seminar.
Public Talk 2014 - Basic law of language development: Starting from aged zero
Prof. Kathy Lee, Chief of Division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Basic law of language development” in April 2014. Prof Kathy Lee shared her wealth of knowledge on the language development process of children aged between 0-6; skills on facilitating language development as well as tricks and tips on communicating with children. The talk was sponsored by Sesame Publication Co., Ltd. and about 150 participants attended.
Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) Seminar 2014 (HONG KONG)
Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS) Seminar 2014 was organized by Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research on 1-2 March 2014 at Prince of Wales Hospital. The seminar consists of two parts and the targets are all speech therapists, doctors and other related professionals; and radiologists and radiographers respectively. Dr. Siu Cheng Loke and Dr. Sin Yong Phua had introduced information of VFSS and the practical applications of VFSS in radiology. Over 60 participants attended the seminar.
Public Talk 2014 - The road to successful bilingualism
Majority of parents would long for their children's ability to master multiple languages.  Yet, some believe that learning many languages early in the language development stage will hinder the process of the other.  Division of Speech Therapy ran a seminar titled “The Road to Successful Bilingualism” on the 16 Feb, 2014 to discuss bilingualism and effective ways to learn it. SA Direct Limited was invited to the venue.  Mr. Thomas Law, the invited speech therapist, had recommended books for helping children in their learning of multiple languages.
Promotion of early language and communication intervention of Elders people with dementia –language and communication workshop
Promotion of early language and communication intervention of Elders people with dementia is one of the projects sponsored by Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services, CUHK.
Following the public talks of the project, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery held 3 batches of Language and Communication Workshop in May 2013, January and August 2014 to let the participant experience the use of ‘meditation’ and apply techniques mentioned in the talk to facilitate the language enhancement of dementia patients. Each workshop is comprised of two sessions and there were 21, 29 and 26 people joining the three workshops respectively.
How to expand the learning potential of your child
“How to expand your child’s learning potential?” were re-delivered on 23 November 2013. The talks were delivered by our speech therapist, Rita Wong, at the Division of Speech Therapy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Approximately 165 parents, educational professionals and interested parties attended the talks. Rita shared her wealth of knowledge in understanding various cognitive functions and how to use the method of “mediation” to stimulate cognitive functions. It is hope that it could also expand the learning potential of a child. The talks were sponsored by Sesame Publication Co., Ltd.
Promotion of early language and communication intervention of elderly people with dementia --public talk
According to literature, it was estimated that 15% of Hong Kong population aged 65 above suffer from dementia. Patients with dementia exhibit significant deterioration in communication ability, which hinders their communication with their carers. Nevertheless, we could still try to promote language and communication abilities of people with dementia in daily living via ‘mediation’. On 16th Nov, 2013, the Institute of Human Communicative Research organized a 2nd time of the talk in enhancing the communication of elderly with dementia. The talk goes around the theme of promotion of early language and communication intervention of elderly people with dementia, different cognitive impairment of dementia patients and related performance, relationship between cognitive function and language, and simple application of ‘mediation’ in training patients. The speaker of the talk is speech therapist Ms. Rita Wong, and 77 people attended the event.
Language training course for Macau teachers
Language is an advanced mechanism exclusive to the human mind. Language disorders can be detrimental to children’s learning and social wellbeing. It is no surprise that our educators place a pedantic focus on this ability. In the summer of 2013, our institute and the Macau Education and Youth Affairs Bureau jointly held our 3rd Language Training Workshop for some twenty front-line teachers from pre-school, primary and secondary school levels in Macau. Prof. Kathy Lee, alongside her team of speech therapists (Mr. Thomas Law, Ms. Rita Wong, Mr. Yeptain Leung and Ms. Rachel Wong) and Social Thinking instructor Ms. Peggy Kan introduced to the participants different types of communication disorders and their treatment methods. Participants were able to put theory to practice through a themed series of group practicum which entailed personalised guidance and reflection sessions.
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES) Workshop 2013
Institute of Human Communicative Research and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery had organized another successful FEES workshop on 12-13 June 2013. Held over 2 days and headed by Dr Phua Sin Yong from Singapore; over 20 Asia Pacific clinicians received an intensive full-day lecture on dysphagia management followed by supervised hands-on nasoendoscopy practise with each other and live patients. Other expert faculty from CUHK included Prof. Michael Tong, Dr. Fiona Ho, Dr. Eddy Wong, Dr. Winnie Kan, Dr. Hok Nam Li, Speech Therapists Thomas Law and Rita Wong from ENT.
Promotion of early language and communication intervention of Elders people with dementia --public talk
The Institute of Human Communicative Research has organized a 1.5-hour talk on 4th May, 2013. The talk goes around the theme of promotion of early language and communication intervention of Elders people with dementia, which attracted 33 attendees from medical field, health care units as well as primary care taking circle of the patients. Speech therapist Ms. Rita Wong shared her knowledge on different cognitive functions, how to use 'mediation' to promote language and communication abilities of people with dementia in daily living.
Public Talk 2013 – Language Development of age 4 and beyond
Miss Rachel Wong, Speech Therapist at the division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Language and Reading Development at age 4 and beyond” in April 2013. Miss Wong shared her wealth of knowledge on preschool language and reading development, early signs of reading difficulties and ways to improve language and reading abilities. The talk was sponsored by SA Direct Limited and around 70 parents, educational professionals and interested parties attended.
Starting from zero: facilitating child language development
Language development is common concern for many parents, therapists and educators. It is the key to knowledge acquisition as well as communication. On 30th March, 2013, Prof. Kathy Lee held a talk on this topic, namely ‘Starting from zero: facilitating child language development’, which took place in CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute. Despite the unsettled cloudy weather, about 50 parents, therapists, special education teachers and academics attended the talk, during which Prof. Lee not only introduced the milestones of language development, but also demonstrated techniques to facilitate the development. Smart rules for communicating with children were also shared. Many participants seized this opportunity to raise their questions and doubts about child language development to Prof. Lee.
Tips to talk better - here is the how
Accurate, intelligible speech has become a skill indispensible from everyday life. Yet, this skill, seemingly taken for granted will cause much distress for the disordered child and worrying parent. Mr Yeptain Leung, speech therapist from the Division of Speech Therapy, held a talk titled “Tips to talk better – here is the how” on 23 March 2013. The talk covered basic knowledge on Cantonese phonology and speech sound milestones of Hong Kong children as well as ways to facilitate their development. The talk was interactive inviting the audience – both parents and children – to engage in exercises that help improve children’s speech sound development. Approximately 150 participants attended that day. Those who wish to review the program may download the pdf from our website. This talk was kindly sponsored by SA Direct Limited.
Dissemination Seminar of ‘Empowering caregivers to improve dysphagia management’
Essential as it seems from the Chinese proverb: ‘Eating is (as important as) the sky of folks’, however some residents in nursing homes with chronic illness might not be able to enjoy the pleasures in eating. According to a local research, it is estimated that one-third of the residents suffer from swallowing disorders (known technically as dysphagia). Funded by the Knowledge Transfer Fund, the Speech Therapy Division of our department launched a year-long project ‘Empowering caregivers to improve dysphagia management’ in 2011. The dissemination seminar of the project was held on 22nd January, 2013 to share with the public our results and experiences. The seminar attracted 101 people from a variety of backgrounds including nursing home staff and family members of residents, medical professionals, speech therapists, physical/occupational therapists and social workers. Our product of the scheme, an educational resource kit on dysphagia, was well received by the audience and 80% of them considered it useful.
Cross-disciplinary Symposium on Languages and Communication Disorders
The Centre of Language and Communication Disorders, Shenzhen Research Institute, CUHK, held a two-day transdisciplinary symposium in January, 2013. The symposium’s aims were twofold: 1) introducing different language and communication disorders from the perspective of technology, linguistics and speech pathology to mainland professionals and 2) exploring new trends in the field of rehabilitation, in the aim that the audience could better understand patients’ needs thence better adjudicating their rehabilitation and research directions. Some 130 professionals across the provinces attended the academic event including medical staff, speech therapists, special education teachers, as well as research students. The institute of Human Communicative Research was one of the co-organizers of the event.
How to expand the learning potential of your child
Two identical public talks on the topic “How to expand your child’s learning potential?” were delivered on 8 December 2012. The talks were delivered by our speech therapist, Rita Wong, at the Division of Speech Therapy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A total of 280 parents and teachers attended the talks. Rita shared her wealth of knowledge on understanding various cognitive functions, using “mediation” to stimulate “thinking” and expanding a child’s learning potential. The talks were sponsored by SA Direct Limited.
Tips to talk better - here is the how
Accurate, intelligible speech has become a skill indispensible from everyday life. Yet, this skill, seemingly taken for granted will cause much distress for the disordered child and worrying parent. Mr. Yeptain Leung, speech therapist from the Division of Speech Therapy, held a talk titled “Tips to talk better – here is the how” on 14 October 2012. The talk covered basic knowledge on Cantonese phonology and speech sound milestones of Hong Kong children as well as ways to facilitate their development. The talk was interactive inviting the audience – both parents and children – to engage in exercises that help improve children’s speech sound development. Approximately 170 participants attended that day. Those who wish to review the program may download the pdf from our website.
Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2012
Divisions of Speech Therapy and Audiology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery organized the second Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium in autumn, 2012. This event was supported by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, CUHK; Hospital Authority; Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and Hong Kong Society of Audiology Ltd. The day was rich with an eclectic mix of topics delivered by experts from the field in the form of oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, keynote speeches as well as workshops, run in parallel sessions. Over 250 professionals attended the symposium.
Understanding Vocal Care
Mr Thomas Law, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered a public talk on understanding vocal care. Information on how voice is produced, different types of voice disorders and their causes as well as ways to protect our voices were covered. Thomas also demonstrated relaxation exercises that are specific to voice production and also introduced techniques on how healthy voice is produced. Approximately 70 people attended this talk.
Language training course for Macau teachers
In the summer of 2012, our Institute was invited by The Macau Education and Youth Affairs Bureau to conduct a training workshop for some 20 Macau school teachers. This was the second workshop following the success two years ago. Professor Kathy Lee and her team, the division’s speech therapists, Ms. Rachel Wong, Mr. Thomas Law, Ms. Rita Wong and Social Thinking trainer Ms Peggy Kan, delivered the material through a series of lectures, case studies, small group practicum sessions and self evaluations. The teachers were taught how to identify common communication disorders, how to design therapy to assist the development of the children’s articulation skills, language abilities and social skills.
Public Talk 2012
Basic law of language development: Starting from aged zero
Prof. Kathy Lee, Chief of Division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Basic law of language development” in June 2012. Prof Kathy Lee shared her wealth of knowledge on the language development process of children aged between 0-6, skills on facilitating language development as well as tricks and tips on communicating with children. The talk was sponsored by SA Direct Limited and was attended by about 70 participants.
Dysphagia Seminar 2012
Prevalence of swallowing disorder is as high as 22% in adults over 50 years old. Improper handling of dysphagia may lead to malnutrition, dehydration and chest infection. Sponsored by the Knowledge Transfer Fund, the Division of Speech Therapy held two public seminars on dysphagia. 123 people attended the seminars, which was conducted by a speech therapist Ms. Sharon Tsze. The seminar covered topics including causes of dysphagia, characteristics of dysphagia and the role of speech therapist and carer in dysphagic patient management.
Public Talk 2012 – Language and Reading Development of age 4 and beyond
Miss Rachel Wong, Speech Therapist at the division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Language and Reading Development at age 4 and beyond” in April 2012. Miss Wong shared her wealth of knowledge on preschool language and reading development, early signs of reading difficulties and ways to improve language and reading abilities. The talk was sponsored by SA Direct Limited and was attended by around 160 parents, educational professionals and interested parties.
Cantonese Tone Identification Test Launching Seminar
Cantonese is a tone language spoken by 70 million people in the globe. Correct tone identification is essential for understanding of Cantonese word. No sufficiently valid tool, however, has been developed for assessing tone perception. Dr. Kathy Lee, Chief of Speech Therapy Division, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and her research team stringently developed the “Cantonese Tone Identification Test”. The test was formally released on 20th February, 2012.
In the launching seminar, Dr. Kathy Lee briefly introduced the development of the Cantonese Tone Identification Test and its clinical and research applications. The demonstration counters also attracted the audience to try out the innovative computer program of the test. There are around 120 educational and medical professionals attended the seminar. If you are interested to learn more about the test and purchase it, please click here.
Public Talk on Social Thinking ® 2012
Ms. Peggy Kan, Social Thinking ® Instructor from the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, delivered a public talk on Social Thinking ® on 11th February, 2012. Ms. Kan introduced the social developmental stages of children, the thinking processes behind communication, and the theories behind Social Thinking ® approach. Training based on the ILAUGH model was explained, followed by suggestions, demonstrations and sharing of related training activities to encourage application of Social Thinking ® approach. The talk was well-received by over 70 parents, educators, and related professionals.

“A Cognitive Intervention Approach in Speech Therapy: From Childhood to Elderly”
Lecture & Workshop 2012

Mediated Learning Experience (MLE)- a cognitive intervention approach, is a proven method used to help individuals become better and more efficient learners, regardless of their age, nationality, and level of cognitive functioning. MLE aims at developing strategies and improving cognitive processes in order to unlock individuals’ potential.
This year, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and the Institute of Human Communicative Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has invited Dr. Phua from Singapore to teach MLE approach and share related clinical experience to local Speech Therapists and educators from 4th to 6th January. The one-day introductory lecture was well-received by over 80 professionals. Fifteen Speech Therapists then joined the advanced two-day hands-on workshop that aimed at facilitating and enhancing skills involved in the application of dynamic assessment and therapy through supervision on hands-on cases. The workshop was sponsored by SA Direct Limited and Sesame Publication Company Ltd.
Public Talk on Stuttering 2011
With the increasing concern about stuttering in the community, The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong held a stuttering talk on October 22, 2011. It aimed at increasing public awareness and understanding of stuttering, as well as introducing various effective treatment approaches. A member of The Hong Kong Stuttering Support Group was invited to share his experiences in the treatment process. He shared with the audience his ups and downs in completing treatment and expressed he could not have reached where he was had his friends and family been less encouraging and supportive. His speech therapist also shared her journey in working with him. Their sharing received much applause from the audience.

Public Talk 2011
TEACH me how to say it RIGHT

Prof. Kathy Lee, Chief of Division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “TEACH me how to say it RIGHT” on 6 Aug 2011. The talk focused on children’s phonological development in Cantonese and common articulatory errors.  Strategies to facilitate speech sound development and home based articulation training were introduced. Leaflets on children’s speech sound development were distributed to all participants. During the talk, ten 3-5 years old children were invited to join the live demonstration on how to produce a range of speech sounds.

Public Talk 2011
The road to successful bilingualism

The Division of Speech Therapy re-run a seminar titled “The Road to Successful Bilingualism” on the 30th April to support parents and educators through this challenging journey. Information on the different paths to bilingualism and their respective stages as well as normal behaviours in the development of bilingualism was provided in 2 hours long seminar. The talk ended with a short quiz and Q&A.
Introduction to Davis SM Dyslexia Correction Programs 2011
Learning disabilities refer to a group of disorders that are not simply a consequence of a lack of opportunity to learn, nor a result of mental retardation. Common terms associated include developmental dyslexia, dyscalculia and specific language impairment, just to name a few. Students eligible for this label experience an unexpected difficulty in relation to age and other abilities and thus may be misdiagnosed as being lazy or having difficulty concentrating. These difficulties pose many a problem in a student’s academics and accumulate more wrinkles for the parents. Timely and accurate assessment and effective intervention will undoubtedly help these populations. The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong invited speech therapist Ms. Livia Wong to share her experiences with the DavisSM Dyslexia Correction Program and its application to students with learning disabilities. The seminar was held at Prince of Wales Hospital on 11 April, 2011 and attracted over 200 professionals, parents and interested parties to attend.

Public Talk 2011
Language and Reading Development of age 4 and beyond

Miss Rachel Wong, Speech Therapist at the division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Language and Reading Development of age 4 and beyond” in February 2011. Miss Wong shared her wealth of knowledge on the early signs of reading difficulties and introduced activities to improve reading and writing abilities. The talk was attended by approximately 90 participants.

Public Talk 2010
Basic law of language development: Starting from aged zero

Prof. Kathy Lee, Chief of Division of Speech Therapy delivered a talk titled “Basic law of language development” in November 2010. Prof Kathy Lee shared her wealth of knowledge on the language development process of children aged between 0-6, skills on facilitating language development as well as tricks and tips on communicating with children. The talk was sponsored by SA Direct Limited and was attended by a total of 114 participants.

 

“Introduction to Mediated Learning Experience” Lecture & Workshop 2010

Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) has benefitted thousands of individuals from all over the world to unlock their learning potential for half a century. A fundamental change in cognitive abilities together with efficient way of learning will maximize learning gains by individuals at different functioning levels.

This year, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative
Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong brought the MLE workshop to local speech therapists and educators.
Over 60 participants have attended the one-day lecture on introduction of MLE whereas 15 speech therapists have joined the two-day workshop
in which they were given opportunities to have hands-on experience of dynamic speech and language assessment, and integration of
cognitive intervention approach into traditional speech and language therapy. The workshop was sponsored by SA Direct Limited.

Public Talk 2010
The road to successful bilingualism

Raising a child in two languages has never been easy. The Division of Speech Therapy held a seminar titled “The Road to Successful Bilingualism” on the 30th October to support parents and educators through this challenging journey. Information on the different paths to bilingualism and their respective stages as well as normal behaviours in the development of bilingualism was provided in the hour long seminar. To end in a high note, practical hands-on strategies were discussed with the participants of the seminar. The seminar was well attended with a total of 97 participants.

Macau Teachers’ Training Workshop

In the summer of 2010, our Institute was invited by The Macau Education and Youth Affairs Bureau to pioneer a training workshop for 30 Macau school teachers. Headed by Professor Kathy Lee, this project was supported by the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists. Through a series of lectures, small group practicum sessions and individual evaluations, teachers learnt how to identify common communication disorders and carry out essential communication facilitating strategies. The areas of communication difficulties targeted in this workshop include articulation, language and social skills development. Program design and instructors include Professor Kathy Lee, the division’s speech therapists Miss Rachel Wong, Mr Thomas Law, Miss Louisa Ng, Miss Aster Lui and Social Thinking trainer Miss Peggy Kan.

Public Talk 2010
Communication difficulties: The invisible handicap after brain injury

Impairments in memory, attention and executive functions are common after traumatic brain injury. On 12th June, Speech Therapist Louisa Ng gave a brief overview of problems typically encountered by patients and families to a group of families and carers.  Simple strategies to cope with communication problems at home were provided in the talk.

Hong Kong Speech & Hearing Symposium 2010

Our department had the pleasure of co-organising the inaugural Hong Kong Speech and Hearing Symposium 2010 with the Division of Speech and Hearing Science, The University of Hong Kong.  For this event, The Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and Hong Kong Society of Audiology offered their kind support as well. Through poster presentations and parallel sessions; speech therapists, audiologists, graduate and post-graduate students shared their research findings with over 200 participants.  Held at the Postgraduate Education Center of Prince of Wales Hospital on Saturday , 8th May 2010; this full day symposium was a success.

Public Talk 2010
TEACH me how to say it RIGHT

Miss Aster Lui, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered the talk to over 170 parents, teachers and children on 24th April 2010.  The talk focused on children’s phonological development in Cantonese and common articulatory errors.  Strategies to facilitate speech sound development and home based articulation training were introduced. Leaflets on children’s speech sound development were distributed to all participants with door gifts sponsored by Nestle Hong Kong Ltd & Kawaii.

Public Talk
A step forward:  Language development beyond the toddler years

Logical thinking is an essential component in developing higher level language skills. Not only can acquisition of good thinking skills in early childhood benefit children’s language development, but it can also their lifelong learning.
Miss Rachel Wong, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong delivered a free public talk to 150 parents and teachers on 27th February 2010.
Topics covered include language development of children after the age of four, relationship of thinking skills and language development, tips on how to enhance children’s thinking skills and identify language impairment. All participants received door gifts sponsored by Kawaii.

 
Public Talk on Social Thinking 2009

Ms Aster Lui, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, delivered a public talk to over 140 parents, teachers and therapists on 6th December.  Ms Lui let the participants learn about children’s social development, definition of social thinking and the thinking process behind social communication.  Ms Lui also explained the ILAUGH social thinking model & its application, together with different training activities, so as to encourage the participants to put into practice at home.

"Yell Well" Workshop 2009

Yelling is not so much of a bad thing, only if you can do it well. Lead by the world renowned voice clinician, Dr Alison Bagnall from Voicecraft International, a total of 50 speech therapists learned how to yell. The Institute of Human Communicative Research and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Chinese University of Hong Kong organized two 3-day workshops, titled “Yell Well”, for local speech therapist in early September 2009. During the workshops, not only did the participants learn all the techniques and theory behind how to yell safely, everyone also got a chance to yell out their favorite songs, poems and verses.

Public Talk on Childhood Language Facilitation 2009

Professor Kathy Lee, Chief and Assistant Professor of the Division of Speech Therapy, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered a free public talk to over 130 parents and teachers on 11th October 2009.  Topics including normal language development up to age 6, facilitation skills on promoting children’s language performance, and practical tips to communicate with children were introduced.  The talk was sponsored by Sesame Publication Company Limited.

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES) Workshop 2009

We are proud to announce another successful FEES workshop co-organised by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Held over 2 days and headed by Dr Phua Sin Yong from Singapore; 39 Asia Pacific clinicians received an intensive full-day lecture on dysphagia management followed by supervised hands-on nasoendoscopy practise with each other and live patients. Other expert faculty from CUHK included Prof Justin Wu from Institute of Digestive Disease, Professor Victor Abdullah, Professor Peter Ku, Dr Fiona Ho, Speech Therapists Thomas Law and Louisa Ng from ENT.

Public Talk on Children's Reading and Writing Development 2009

Miss Rachel Wong, speech therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery has delivered a free public talk to about 150 parents and teachers on 8th August 2009.  Topics covered including reading and writing development of pre-school & school-aged children, characteristics of reading & writing difficulties, and practical tips on how to enhance children’s reading skills.  At the end of the talk, all participants received giveaways sponsored by Little Train & Kawaii.

Stuttering

Mr Thomas Law, Speech Therapist at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered a public lecture on stuttering on the 14th June 2009. The talk included information on the definition, characteristics, and causes of stuttering as well as the most prevailing treatment techniques. A parent of a child with stuttering was invited to share her experience and outcome of the treatment with the participants. Various issues on stuttering were raised and discussed during the question time. More than 40 participants from different age groups attended the talk.

Introduction to Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) Workshop

Following the success of 2008 FEES course to further dysphagia management, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery co-organised a 2-day introduction workshop in May 2009 to provide update on application of FEES in dysphagia management with supervised nasoendoscopy insertion practise. Our expert faculty included invited speaker Dr Phua Sin-Yong, CUHK ENT surgeons Professor Michael Tong, Dr Peter Ku, Dr Eric Tang, and speech therapists Thomas Law and Louisa Ng. 37 speech therapists and ENT surgeons from Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong attended the workshop.

Introduction to ILAUGH Social Thinking Training

The two sharing sessions were held on 6th and 29th April and well received by 700 principals and teachers from primary and secondary schools, therapists, social workers and parents. The goal of the seminar was to explain the content and results of the ILAUGH Social Thinking Training Program which is co-organized by the Institute of Human Communicative Research, CUHK, the Caritas Hong Kong and the Education Bureau. This program has been carried out from November 2007 to June 2008. 44 students from 14 secondary schools participated in this program and they received a total of 12 social thinking training sessions. On the other hand, the book “Six dimensions of Social Thinking – ILAUGH practical handbook” was introduced so as to enhance educators, social workers and parents’ understanding on the social communication process and the concepts related to social thinking. Besides, the handbook also included activities focusing on training students’ social thinking and related skills.

 

Using the DIR/Floortime Model to Treat Children with Developmental Challenges

Sherri Cawn and Beth Osten from the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders presented an introductory and advanced workshop on the renowned DIRR/Floortime Model to work with children with developmental challenges. The workshops were held over 3-days and attracted over 200 professionals and parents. Both workshops were jointly organized by the Heep Hong Society and the Institute of Human Communicative Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Public Talk on Social Thinking

Ms Aster Lui, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered a free public talk for parents and teachers. Social Thinking Training was developed by Michelle G. Winner, speech and language pathologist in the US, and it is used for training people with social communication deficits (e.g., autism, asperger’s syndrome, etc.). Ms Lui introduced the thinking process behind social communication, ILAUGH social thinking model and its application, and also examples of training activities. The talk was well received by over 150 parent and teachers.

Wuhan Mission

Supported by Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Hong Kong Society of Audiology, a medical mission was held in Wuhan Union Hospital and Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University.  Otorhinolaryngologists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan performed free surgeries to poor patients in Hubei, Central China.  Academic programmes on otology, audiology, rehabilitation for deaf children, nursing were also lined up for medical and paramedical personnel in Hubei.

 

Public Talk on Children's Reading and Writing Development

Miss Rachel Wong, speech therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery has delivered a free public talk for parents and teachers. Topics including normal reading and writing development of pre-school and school-aged children, early identification of children with reading difficulties, understanding of Chinese characters, and practical tips on how to enhance children’s reading and writing development. There were more than 200 participants on that day. Participants could also purchase reading materials at the counter of our sponsor, Sesame Publication Co. Ltd after the talk.

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

Coorganised by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, a 3-day course provided updates on application of FEES in dysphagia management and extended the theory to practical know-how with FEES hands-on practise. Our expert faculty included invited speaker Dr Phua Sin Yong, experienced ENT surgeons Professor Michael Tong, Dr Abdullah Victor, Dr Peter Ku, Dr Fiona Ho and speech therapists Thomas Law and Louisa Ng. Over 60 speech therapists and ENT surgeons from Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong attended the lecture and workshop.

 

Public Talk on Childhood Language Development

Professor Kathy Lee, Assistant Professor of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery delivered a free public talk for parents and teachers.  Topics including normal language development up to age 6, facilitation skills on promoting children’s language performance, and practical tips to communicate with children were introduced. The talk was well received with enthusiastic response from over 110 parents and teachers.

Dysphagia

To increase awareness amongst the public of swallowing difficulties in adults, The Institute of Human Communicative Research and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, CUHK held the inaugural swallowing difficulties health talk in Hong Kong. The one-hour talk was presented by Louisa Ng, Speech Therapist of Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery to over 80 participants whom are nurses, nursing home staff and families of individuals with swallowing difficulties.  Not only did the talk provide information on the physiology, cause and symptoms of swallowing difficulties; it also provided the public with strategies to prevent adverse events associated with swallowing difficulties such as choking, malnutrition, dehydration and suffocation.

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets

These workshop and lecture series provided speech therapists with techniques for use in facilitating motor-phoneme links in evaluation and treatment. 
In the two 3-day workshops, 48 participants were trained by Nola Marriner and Helen Bolton on a series of PROMPT techniques with practical hands-on sessions based on the Motor Speech Hierarchy.  Following the workshops, a 1-day lecture was held for over 80 speech therapists and students.  Lecturer Nola Marriner provided participants with much insight into the PROMPT philosophy, framework, parameters and component.

Speech Screening Day for Children 2008
This annual event continued to be a huge success with the children and parents. It was co-organised with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and supported by 15 volunteer Speech Therapists. 133 children received speech assessments while their parents received professional advice on management of speech difficulties.  In addition, two health talks were held in the morning and the afternoon.  Conducted by Assistant Professor Kathy Lee and Speech Therapist Rachel Wong, the talks focused on children’s developments of speech production in Cantonese and possible speech disorders.  Strategies to facilitate speech development were also given in these health talks. These were attended by over 200 parents and teachers.
 

Voice Seminar

To arouse public awareness of voice disorders and voice care, The Institute of Human Communicative Research held a Voice Care Seminar at Prince of Wales Hospital on the 28th April. The seminar was presented by Professor Kathy Lee, Dr Fiona Ho and Mr Thomas Law. It targeted on physiology of voice production, cause and treatment for vocal cord pathology, voice care issues as well as live demonstration and practice on voice techniques. Approximately 200 people attended this seminar with the majority being people who rely on their voice at work, such as teachers, sales etc.

Understanding & Managing Oral Sensory Motor Deficits in Children with Special Needs (Parent and Teacher Workshop)

The workshop provided parents, teachers and caregivers with an understanding about the causes of oral sensory motor deficits, the strategies of training and the management of relevant problems in classroom and home environment.

Creating A Portal to Affective Communication: Using Interactive Oral Sensory-Motor Tools and Techniques (IOSM-T'n'T) for the MOST Difficult Communication Disorders

Interactive Oral Sensory-Motor Tools and Techniques (IOSM-T’n'T) could be readily integrated into home therapy program as “play” and engagement activities throughout the day, contributing to development of social interaction and speech and language development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This two-day workshop equipped participants with knowledge in assessment, planning, and implementation of IOSM therapy objectives within a clinical setting.

A Cochlear Implant System for China Expert Meeting 2007

Cochlear Implantation has a significant impact on the learning and cognitive development of children with hearing disability.  The procedure is now well accepted throughout China.

The meeting explores the need of designing a Cochlear Implant System for Chinese users.  Various topics from 28 leading professionals in different fields and countries are discussed, including implant design, system building, speech processing strategies, rehabilitation, inhouse research, surgical techniques and marketing.

Overcoming Communication Barriers for Children with Special Needs in China 2007

Phase 1 of the 2nd “Overcoming Communication Barriers for Children with Special Needs in China” 2007 held its graduation ceremony on the 26th April. This project is collaboratively organized by The Institute of Human Communicative Research, CUHK and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation under the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation. This training course provided four-weeks of theoretical knowledge and practical opportunities to 15 staff from key centres in various provinces and autonomous regions in China. These staff members will act as the “Communication Resource Person” in their regions to serve the children in need. Positive feedback on the course was received from the trainees. Phase 2 of this project is expected to be held in August 2007.

Training manual on communication techniques at home setting for autistic children

Parents have always encountered great difficulties in understanding autistic children’s developmental needs and training techniques. In order to address this issue, Department of Surgery (CUHK) and the Institute of Human Communicative Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong participated in the writing of a resource manual targeting the training techniques for autistic children. This resource manual was launched on the 24th March 2007, at a parent seminar held by the Caritas Parent Resource Center and Caritas Comprehensive Intervention Program for Autistic Children. Our speech therapists, Professor Kathy Lee, Miss Aster Lui, and Miss Rachel Wong were invited to share their expertise on language and social development, treatment approaches, and home training activities on facilitating language development for children with autism. About 1oo parents participated in the event on that day.

Fuzhou Mission

This charity mission for ear surgery is the largest of its kind in China. More than 30 ear, nose and throat specialists, nurses from Hong Kong and China joined hands to operate on approximately 100 poor patients with ear diseases in China. Free surgeries include minor to major ear operations, including tympanoplasty, ossicular chain reconstruction, stapedectomy, cochlear implantation, mastoidectomy.

Other than providing free surgeries, the Institute of Human Communicative Research, the Hear Talk Foundation and the Hong Kong Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery also organized academic forum on ear, nose and throat specialty and workshop on speech rehabilitation to facilitate exchange of experience with medical experts and rehabilitation personnel in Fuzhou.

2006 CUHK ENT Conference

This annual conference serves as a regional platform for ENT surgeons, otologists, speech therapists, audiologists, nursing and clinical professionals to keep abreast of the latest development of the field. With its theme on Implant & Rehabilitative Otology, the First CUHK ENT Conference shed light on contemporary practice and advances in middle ear implants, direct bone conduction, cochlear and auditory brainstem implants through a variety of plenary sessions, lectures, hands-on workshops, presentations and trade show.

‘Help Me Talk Right’ Seminar

To enhance the public awareness towards children speech problem, a seminar, sponsored by the Hongkong Bank Foundation District Community Programme, was jointly organized by the Institute of Human Communicative Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hear Talk Foundation. There were about 200 teachers, parents and children aged 3 to 12 participating in the event.

Seminar on “Stimulating Communication in Children with Autism: Basic Concepts and Techniques”

Co-organized by the Beijing Children's Welfare Institute and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, the 2nd National Seminar for Children's Welfare Institutes was held in Shenzhen from 19th to 22 September 2006.  Our speech therapist, Ms Aster Lui, was invited to speak on the topic “Stimulating Communication in Children with Autism: Basic Concepts and Techniques”. The seminar focused on the language and communication development in autistic children and the techniques for training their communication skills.  About 60 front line workers (therapists, doctors, nurses, and teachers) attended the workshops.


Thinking About You Thinking About Me:
A workshop on strategy for working with the older child with social cognitive deficits

Following the success of last year’s workshop on social thinking, Ms Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist hosted this one-day workshop on 23rd July 2006. About 90 participants including speech therapists, psychologists, social workers and parents attended to explore how perspective taking skills impact the learning of individuals with social cognitive deficits.

Overcoming Communication Barrier for Children with Special Needs (Phase 2)

The second phase of ‘Overcoming Communication Barrier for Children with Special Needs’ jointly organized by the institute and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation under the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation, lasted for four weeks. The lectures and clinical practices were taken place in Foshan and the closing ceremony was scheduled on the 20th April. After receiving the certificates, these fifteen trainees who come from different provinces of China will start their work on language and communication training in their work place. This would greatly enhance the language and communication abilities of children with special needs. Besides, the trainee will transfer their knowledge and skills on language training to their colleagues and parents. The trainees expressed that the course content was substantial and they hope that they will put them into practice.

Seminar on Bilateral Implantation and Bimodal Fitting

A seminar on ‘Bilateral Implantation and Bimodal Fitting’ was organized by the Division of Otorhinolaryngology and the Institute of Human Communicative Research of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 13 May 2006 at Prince of Wales Hospital. There were about 55 participants, including cochlear implant recipients, candidates and their families. Miss Margaret Cheung, Mr Kevin Yuen and Dr Henry Lam, shared their knowledge of binaural & bimodal hearing, bilateral implantation and surgical issue with the participants.

Cantonese Basic Speech Perception Test (CBSPT) launching seminar

After years of research, data analysis and psychology assessment test, the Cantonese Basic Speech Perception Test (CBSPT) is ready to release for professional use. The CBSPT is up to now the only validated and standardized assessment tool for measuring basic speech perception ability of the Cantonese-speaking population. The test can be used by related specialist including speech therapist, audiologist, colleagues of special education and other research professionals on speech perception.

A launching seminar was held on the 26 April 2006, author of CBSPT and Head of Communicative Disorders & Paediatric Speech Perception Centre Dr Kathy Y. S. Lee introduced the test administration and clinical application of CBSPT.

Educational talk on articulation problem - /s/ sound

The Institute of Human Communicative Research, CUHK and the Hear Talk Foundation jointly organized an activity of childhood speech screening test in October 2005. Two hundred and fifty children were tested and 35% of them showed different degrees of articulation problems. Parents who joined the activity also expressed their wish to learn more about articulation problem and practical approaches to assist those children.

In this regard, an educational talk jointly hosted by the Institute of Human Communicative Research and the Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of Surgery, CUHK was conducted on 8 January 2006 (Sunday). Seventy-three participants joined the talk during which the articulation errors of /s/ sound and the techniques to correct them were explained with an easy-to-understand approach by Dr. Kathy Lee. Queries from parents were also answered by the speaker in the event.

 
Chongqing Mission

In collaboration with Chongqing’s Southwest Hospital and Hear Talk Foundation, the Institute of Human Communicative Research, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, organized a team of medical professionals including ENT specialists, nurses, audiologists and speech therapists to teach local doctors as well as rehabilitation professionals. The team also provided free medical treatments and operations to 100 poor patients with different ear disorders.

The 4-day crusade did not only provide immediate medical treatment to the needy, it also foster exchange among the HK and China professionals which will bring long term and sustaining benefits to the clinical and rehabilitation services in Chongqing and Southwest China.

Overcoming Communication Barrier for Children with Special Needs in China

This a collaborating project between the Institute and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation under the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation. The project aims to train 15 staffs from key centers in China as “communication resource persons”. The first module of lecture and clinical practice has taken place in Beijing from 4 to 30 December 2005. Trainees all expressed that they have learnt new knowledge and gained valuable clinical skills in the four-week course. The second module will take place around April 2006.


Speech Screening Day for Children - A Program to Promote Public Awareness on Childhood Speech Disorder

To promote public awareness on childhood speech disorder, the Institute of Human Communicative Research, CUHK and the Hear Talk Foundation jointly organized the Speech Screening Day on 2 October 2005 at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Co-organizers include the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists and the Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists (Medical). More than 250 children aged between 3 and 12 received speech screening by volunteered speech therapists. Professional advices on further management were offered for children/parents in need. Health talks on early identification of children with articulation problem and practical approaches to assist those children were also conducted with over 340 audiences on the event day.




Workshop on Teaching Social Thinking and Social Skills to Preschoolers through High Schoolers- For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Home & at School"

Ms Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist hosted a two-day workshop on 11th & 12th July 2005. Over 120 participants including speech therapists, psychologists, social workers, paediatricians and parents attended to explore insight into effective management and teaching of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

CUHK BAHA Course April 2005

Co-organized by the Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of Surgery and the Institute of Human Communicative Research, the debut course was held on 30th April 2005 in Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital.

This comprehensive course incorporated the philosophy of osseointegration, surgical techniques, potential complications and management. Participants also had the opportunity to meet and hear about BAHA experience from BAHA users.

Workshop participants also learnt how to perform BAHA surgery in a sophisticated way on freshly prepared pig's skulls. Prosthetic crafting of the pinna was also demonstrated to delegates in between their drilling pit stops.

In view of the enthusiastic response, plan of BAHA workshop is underway. For enquiries, please email to info@ihcr.cuhk.edu.hk.

Academic Visiting Scheme for Principals of Deaf School in Mainland China
BAHA Day

Cochlear Implant and Hearing Rehabilitation Centre and Department of Surgery, CUHK, which introduced the world's first application of Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) in Nasopharyngeal Cancer Patient, organized regular gatherings for BAHA patients and their family to share experience and have a better understanding of BAHA and cosmetic prosthetic processes. During the meetings, participants learned more information and knowledge about the surgery, support service and technology. BAHA Day turned out to be informative, enlightening and enjoyable afternoons for BAHA users and their family members.

Thanks to the BAHA users' commitment and contribution and a BAHA Users Support Group was formed in early 2005. The group acts as a forum for experience sharing amongst users and would-be BAHA clients as well as a representative voice on matters relating to their interest.

10th Anniversary of Cochlear Implantation Celebration Party

Since December 1994, more than 150 people with profound sensorineural hearing loss have found their lives dramatically transformed by this procedure, carried out by The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Medicine and its Institute of Human Communicative Research. To mark the tenth anniversary of the first ever cochlear implant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH), a carnival was held for cochlear implantees, as well as the medical and allied health team to get together and enjoyed a fun-filled and relaxing afternoon.

Workshop on "From Analog to Digital - Superior Fitting of Digital Hearing Aids" - Selecting, Verifying and Validating Hearing Aid Performance in Chinese University of Hong Kong

During the one-day lecture and demonstration, attendees experienced a protocol to select, verify and validate the performance of hearing aids dispensed to adult patients by using real-ear and coupler measures. Key issues were addressed to the participants to understand the usefulness of obtaining individual loudness measures and "special" signals required to access the performance of hearing aids with digital hearing aids.
Specialists Explore Ways to Improve Speech and Hearing Assessment Tools

Local speech therapists, audiologists, and school teachers listened to addresses by US experts in communicative research and watched demonstrations of the latest clinical instruments at the seminar on the Development of Speech and Hearing Assessment Tools organized by the Cooperative Centre for Communicative Research of the University on 12 December 2003. Commonly used speech and hearing assessment tools were also introduced at the seminar.
The aim of the seminar was to acquaint the health care industry and the public with the latest advances in the development of speech and hearing assessment tools.

 
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