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Special Education Services

 

 

In Hong Kong, a full range of special education services is provided by the Education Bureau for school children.  Most of the services are now school-based, and the Special Education Services Centres in Kowloon Tong and  Kwai Chung also render some of the services such as referral and placement services and centre-based support service.

 

The primary aim of the provision of these services is to identify children with special educational needs at an early stage so that intervention  measures can be taken to prevent a mild problem from aggravating.  

 

The following is a brief summary of the services available :

 (1) Special Education Support Services

• In-service training programmes and professional development courses/seminars/workshops on special education for teachers of special schools and ordinary schools

• Professional support for public-sector ordinary schools to implement a Whole School Approach to cater for students’ diverse learning needs

• Promotion of professional development and collaboration among special schools to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning

• Seminars on special education for educational and other professional institutions

 

(2) Referral and Placement Services

• Professional advice on school placement for parents of children with special educational needs, and referral of the children with more severe or multiple disabilities to special schools according to their individual needs, the assessment and recommendation of specialists as well as parents’ consent

 

(3) Special Education Resource Centre (Website : http://www.edb.gov.hk/serc)

• Provision of information and teaching resources on special education for the general public through the website of the centre

• Provision of computers, multi-media equipment and library service for teachers to retrieve teaching and learning resources and produce teaching materials

 

(4) Audiological Service

• Audiological services for children with persistent hearing impairment

• Professional support and consultation to schools having children with hearing impairment

• Training and counselling to school personnel and parents on the management, education and services of children with hearing impairment

• Development of resource packages for supporting the educational needs of children with hearing impairment
*  Parents who have doubt about their children’s hearing are advised to seek medical consultation as soon as possible.  When necessary, students with persistent hearing impairment will be referred by the schools or medical practitioners to the Speech and Hearing Services Section for follow-u

 

(5) Speech Therapy Service

• Assessment and diagnosis services for students with speech and language impairments

• Support service for students with speech and language impairments through school-based support programmes, and provision of training and counselling to teachers and parents

• Professional consultation and support to schools regarding the communication problems of students and monitoring of school-based speech therapy services

• Professional consultation to speech therapy personnel in special schools

• Organizing training & networking activities and developing assessment tools & resource packages
* If children are suspected of having speech and language impairments, parents may approach their children’s schools for assistance.  When necessary, students will be referred by the school to the school-based speech therapist for further assessment and follow-up services.

 

(6) Educational Psychology Service

• Psycho-educational assessment and intervention for students with learning, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties

• Consultation to school personnel on the provision of appropriate intervention for students with special educational needs

• Professional support to schools in adopting a 3-Tier Support Model to cater for students’ diverse educational needs

• Development of screening and assessment tools as well as teaching resources to support students with diverse educational needs

• Training and activities for school personnel and other stakeholders to promote understanding and to enhance knowledge and skills in meeting the diverse educational needs of students

• Crisis management support for schools
* Parents with children having learning, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties could approach the student guidance personnel of the primary school or social worker/guidance teacher of the secondary school for advice and support.  When needed, schools may refer these students to educational psychologists for consultation and assessment.

 

(7) School-based Support Service

• An inspector from Education Bureau is assigned to each public-sector ordinary primary school and secondary school to serve as a resource person to help schools promote the inclusive culture and develop school-based policy for supporting students with special educational needs

 

(8)  Centre-based Support Service

• Short-term centre-based Adjustment Programmes are provided for public sector primary and secondary school students who show continuous serious emotional, behavioural and adjustment difficulties even after they have received school-based intervention.

 

(9) The School Partnership Scheme

• Resource Schools on Whole School Approach (RS-WAS), Special Schools cum Resource Centres (SSRC) and Special Schools cum Resource Centres (Schools for Social Development) (SSRC(SSD)) are established to provide network support for students with special educational needs through teacher empowerment, on-site support and sharing of experience and resources.  In the 2017/18 and 2018/19 school years, there are 8 primary RS-WSA, 6 secondary RS-WSA, 10 SSRC and 7 SSRC(SSD).  Some SSRC also offer short-term attachment programmes mainly for ordinary school students with intellectual disability and severe adjustment difficulties on a need basis. For details, please refer to Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 154/2017. (http://www.edb.gov.hk/attachment/en/edu-system/special/support-subsidy/special-school/school-partnership-scheme/EDBCM_154_2017.pdf)

 

(10) Other Services

(a) Special Examination Arrangements

• Advice on the special examination arrangements for students with different types of special educational needs

(b) Training for Professional Trainees

• Supervision for trainees of educational psychology, speech
therapy and audiology

(c) Advisory Service

• Professional advice for pre-school centres, special and ordinary
schools, non-governmental organisations and government
departments on the education services for children with special
educational needs

 

Schools, parents and professional workers may contact the following Special Education Services Centres for enquiries regarding special education services:

 

Special Education Services General Office,   
Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre,    
Room W240, 2/F, West Block, 19 Suffolk Road,
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Tel No.  3698 3957
Fax No. 2711 9644

 

Ha Kwai Chung Special Education Services Centre, 
4/F, 77 Lai Cho Road, 
Kwai Chung,
N.T.
Tel No. 2307 6251
Fax No. 2744 5315

 

More information on Whole School Approach to integrated education can be found at the following webpage:  http://www.edb.gov.hk/sen

 

Education Bureau
September 2017
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