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Webinar on Hong Kong Scales for Assessment of Theory of Mind – Theoretical Background and Clinical Applications

Webinar Invitation
Hong Kong Scales for Assessment of Theory of Mind (HKAToM)
– Theoretical Background and Clinical Applications

The Child Assessment Service (CAS) of the Department of Health will be hosting a re-run of the seminar: “HKAToM – Theoretical Background and Clinical Applications”, in Webinar format, on 26 November 2021. This Webinar will include full presentations by the speakers recorded at the dissemination event, with contents including the nature of Theory of Mind, its manifestations in children with language impairment and autism spectrum disorder, the conceptual framework and psychometric properties of the assessment instrument, and clinical description and application of the tool. Valuable questions raised by participants at the previous Webinar will also be shared. The seminar was conducted in Cantonese.

Date: 26 November 2021 (Friday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Format: Webinar
Programme: Welcome Dr. Estella WOO Senior Medical & Health Officer,
Child Assessment Service, Department of Health
Introduction Dr. Florence LEE Consultant Paediatrician,
Child Assessment Service, Department of Health
Theoretical Background of Theory of Mind Ms Pamela CHEUNG Speech Therapist,
Child Assessment Service, Department of Health
Research Methodology, Psychometric Properties and Norm Development Dr. Carol TO Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong
Content, Scoring and Application Dr. Estella WOO
Theory of Mind and Language Abilities Ms Pamela CHEUNG
Theory of Mind and Autism Spectrum Disorder Dr. Lorinda LAM
Ms Annie SHEH
Clinical Psychologist, Child Assessment Service, Department of Health

Clinical Psychologists, Child Assessment Service, Department of Health
Purchase of HKAToM Dr. Jasmine CHEUNG

Interested members from professional disciplines, including developmental-behavioural paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists and speech therapists working in the field of child development are invited to apply for the seminar by returning the Registration Form to by 1 November 2021. Students of Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology and Speech Therapy should apply via their university course co-ordinator as a group and attend the Webinar via one Webinar account. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis and priority will be given to the potential eligible users of HKAToM. Details of the Webinar will be sent to successful registrants on or before 19 November 2021.

Note : If the tropical cyclone warning signal No. 8 (or above), black rainstorm warning signal or “extreme conditions” after typhoon is issued or remains in force at 12 noon on the day of the Webinar, the Webinar will be postponed, and will be rescheduled on 10 December 2021 at 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

***Last update: October 2021


New Arrangement

In view of the latest development of COVID-19 infection, the Child Assessment Service (CAS) has the following arrangements –

  1. To protect the health of children and their parents attending assessment at Child Assessment Centre (CAC) and to enhance infection control measures by reducing client flow and social contact –
    • No more than two parents/ relatives/ friends may accompany a child to the CAC;
    • Clients* visiting CAC must wear surgical masks [*according to the advice of Centre for Health Protection, for safety reasons, mask-wearing is not recommended for (i) children below age of 2 without supervision; (ii) people with difficulty breathing; and (iii) people need assistance to remove the mask.];
    • All clients visiting CAC must undergo temperature screening, etc.
    • If the child is afraid of wearing mask, or afraid of seeing staff wearing a mask, parents can contact CAC for arranging booking for assessment later; and
    • For children with prior appointment, if you or your child currently has fever or respiratory symptoms/ had travel records in the past 14 days/ under home quarantine order as required by Department of Health (DH)/ was waiting for the results of deep throat saliva test or still waiting for DH to distribute the "specimen bottle" for conducting deep throat saliva test, please contact CACs for rescheduling the appointment.
  2. CAS has published two booklets namely “Young Warrior Combating Against The Epidemic ~ Parent-Child Activity Booklet” and “Combating Against The Epidemic ~ Parent Resources Booklet” to support parents during this epidemic. Read more
  3. A dedicated webpage has been set up by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) to provide relevant information and health advice. For other languages [हिन्दी (Hindi), नेपाली (Nepali), اردو (Urdu), ไทย (Thai), Bahasa Indonesia and Tagalog], please click here.

***Last update: July 2021


Hong Kong Scales for Assessment of Theory of Mind (HKAToM)

The Hong Kong Scales for Assessment of Theory of Mind (HKAToM) was published in October 2020 by the Child Assessment Service (CAS), Department of Health. The HKAToM was jointly developed by CAS and the University of Hong Kong. The scales are a locally developed, standardized and norm-referenced assessment tool, designed for understanding the social cognitive abilities of Cantonese-speaking children age 5 years to 12 years 1 month.

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***Last update: October 2020