18 January 2020

Wong Kai-wang

Registered social worker for the child and adolescent psychiatric services
  • A child with autism plays with other children. Children who are suspected to be autistic should receive assessment before age 4 or 4.5, according to experts. Photo: Reuters

    Autism spectrum disorder: Critical treatment period

    - May 18, 2018 5:30pm
    Research has indicated that the golden treatment period for autism is between age 0 to age 6, because the development of cognitive, coordinative, sensory and social skills in children within that age group is the quickest....
  • There are several signs to identify children with intellectual disability, experts say. Parents are urged to detect those signs early to help the kids improve themselves. Photo: Reuters

    Identifying children with intellectual disability

    - Apr 20, 2018 5:40pm
    Mental retardation (MR) is a developmental disability that results in an individual showing far-below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for everyday life. It is evaluated by four gradings: mild, moderate, severe...
  • About 30 percent of autistic children achieve high scores in intelligence tests, according to overseas statistics. Photo: Reuters

    Autism spectrum disorder

    - Mar 9, 2018 3:11pm
    Statistics show that the majority of local students who seek child and adolescent psychiatric service suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as the second major case. Autism spectrum disorder is...
  • Parents whose children have special educational needs often have difficulties locating a specialist clinic. Photo: Reuters

    Timely medical support for SEN students

    - Nov 17, 2017 11:49am
    Parents whose children have special educational needs (commonly referred to as SEN students) often have difficulties locating a specialist clinic, especially in a community with little knowledge of child and adolescent psychiatry. The long delay in...
  • Given that most SEN students are suffering from low self-esteem, some organizations design interest classes from which the kids could master a skill and derive satisfaction. Photo: Heep Hong Society

    Community support services for SEN students

    - Aug 18, 2017 5:32pm
    Home and school are two pillars that support students with special educational needs (SEN). The third is community support services, which have become more readily available in recent years.  If the community is providing children with suitable...
  • Parents and teachers need to work together to take better care of SEN students. Simple issues like making sure the kids take their medicines on time require collaboration between the two sides. Photo: Xinhua

    Home-school collaboration for SEN students

    - Jul 21, 2017 5:34pm
    As I have noted in my previous article, schools can better support students with special educational needs (SEN) when apprised by parents of the capabilities and needs of their children. Practical arrangements for taking medication and...
  • Teachers, like parents, spend a lot time with schoolchildren and could offer unique insights that would help in the students' progress. Photo: Reuters

    Parents must help schools help their kids with special needs

    - Jun 23, 2017 5:01pm
    Many parents of students with special educational needs struggle to inform the school of their children’s condition. “I am so worried about what would happen if the school knew that my son has SEN (special educational...
  • The father, mother and grandparents should stick to the same parenting style. Photo: Internet

    Tips for a consistent parenting style

    - May 26, 2017 4:30pm
    In my job I often work with parents of students with special educational needs (SEN). During our sharing sessions, many mothers confided that their misery comes not from their SEN kids but from their husbands or...
  • Parents have their own parenting styles and the key to fostering a positive environment is to stick to a particular way of interacting with your children. Photo: Internet

    Why parents should stick to a consistent parenting style

    - Apr 14, 2017 5:31pm
    Most parents of special needs children have a tough time dealing with the experience. Ar Man, for example, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder since primary two, is now in primary four with...
  • According to various studies, around 70 to 80 percent of ADHD children show significant response to stimulant medication. Photo: HKEJ

    Myths and truths about ADHD medication

    - Aug 5, 2016 6:11pm
    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurobehavioral developmental disorder, and medication is the first and most important factor for its treatment. Regrettably, many parents of those suffering from the affliction are reluctant to...