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1. [Q ] When do children require assessment?
  [A ] Children need to be assessed when their parents or teachers suspect them of having developmental problems.
     
2. [Q ] Who are your target clients?
  [A ] We provide assessment and referral services for children under 12 years of age with special needs.
   
     
3. [Q ] Who can refer children in need to Child Assessment Service (CAS)?
  [A ]

We only accept referral letters from registered medical practitioners and educational /clinical psychologists.

     
4. [Q ]

Which child assessment centre (CAC) should I register at?

  [A ]

Parents should register and book appointment at the below child assessment centre according to the respective catchment area:

Child Assessment Centre Region served
Central Kowloon Child Assessment Centre Southern District, Eastern District and Wanchai of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong
Ha Kwai Chung Child Assessment Centre Central and Western District of Hong Kong Island, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan and Islands
Pamela Youde Child Assessment Centre (Shatin) Shatin and Wong Tai Sin
Fanling Child Assessment Centre Tai Po and North District
Tuen Mun Child Assessment Centre Tuen Mun and Yuen Long
Pamela Youde Child Assessment Centre (Kwun Tong) Kwun Tong and Sai Kung
   
     
5. [Q ] What are the documents required?
  [A ] Please bring along the documents mentioned in the registration checklist.
   
[Registration Checklist ]
     
6. [Q ]

Who are the professionals to assess my child?

  [A ] During the first appointment, our public health nurse will collect adequate information from parents. It will be analysed by our professionals and comprehensive assessment by appropriate professional(s) will be arranged.
   
[Assessment Flow Chart ]
     

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[Q ]

What follow-up actions will be taken by CAS after assessment?

  [A ] Follow-up plans will be formulated according to the nature of the problems and the needs of the individual child, such as interim support for parents, referral to rehabilitation services and scheduling of review evaluations at CAS.
     

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[Q ]

If a child is suspected of hyperactivity, should he/she be referred to a child psychiatric centre or CAC?

  [A ] If the child is hyperactive both at home and in school, and has been assessed by an experienced professional (e.g. clinical/ educational psychologist, paediatrician) , the child could be referred to a child psychiatric centre directly for early treatment. However, if the situation is in doubt, the child could be referred to a CAC for assessment.
     

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[Q ]

If a child is suspected to have learning problem, should he/she be referred to CAS?

  [A ] For pre-school children, parents can bring the child to a nearby Maternal and Child Health Centre for initial screening. For school-age children, parents can discuss his / her learning problem with the school teacher. The teacher may refer the child to a school educational psychologist for further evaluation. However, if the child has other problems like attention deficit or physical coordination problems, parents may get referrals to a CAC for assessment.
     

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[Q ]

If my child has some cough and fever, is he/ she fit for assessment?

  [A ] A child is not fit for assessment when he/she is sick. He/ She will be very tired and this will affect his/her emotion and mental state. Besides, some medications may have side-effects causing drowsiness and irritability, leading to the child’s under performance. Parents can call the CAC to cancel the appointment beforehand and make a new appointment after the child has fully recovered.
     

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