At present, a child suspected
to have special needs would be assessed by the
child assessment centre. He/she will then be waitlisted
for subvention training services in places such
as the early education and training centre, integrated
childcare centre and special childcare centre.
According to the figures from 5 of our early education
and training centres, over 95% of the 240 children
admitted in the year 2004 had to wait for 6 months
or more. Such a prolonged waiting period always
raises parents' stress and anxiety. Besides, the
inclusive education in primary schools promoted
by EMB is still at an exploratory stage. Some
parents find that they cannot get any help from
the school at least for the first six months after
their children are promoted to primary 1. Regression
is obvious in those children with special needs
after they have stopped receiving training for
a few months. This makes the parents even more
helpless and depressed.
In view of the above, we started Project Bridge
for Children's Development early this year to
promote and actualize the concept of "Early
Identification and Early Intervention". Our
multi-professional team includes clinical psychologists,
speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists,
senior special childcare workers and social workers.
Our service includes specialized assessment, individual
training, group training, parental education and
This project is launched to serve as a bridge
of love to connect the children, the parents,
the teachers and professionals to help children
with special needs and their families.