Paediatricians in our Service possess professional knowledge and experience in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. They assess the overall development and behaviour of children who are suspected to have developmental problems. Through history taking and physical examination, they identify the causes of developmental problems and provide a diagnostic formulation, which will help the team come up with a rehabilitation plan for the child. Further referral to suitable services will be made if necessary.
Clinical psychologists assess the child’s intellectual, behavioural, emotional and social development. They also provide counseling, organize seminars and group discussions to assist parents in tackling their child’s developmental problems. Further referral to suitable services will be made if necessary.
Speech therapists assess the child’s communication skills including speech comprehension and expression, pronunciation, voice and speech fluency. They help parents understand the child’s problems and teach them how to facilitate the language development of their child. If necessary, they will follow up the child’s progress and make referral to other speech therapy services.
Occupational Therapists assess the child’s fine motor development, visual perception, handwriting and sensory integration function. Base on the child’s condition, counselling and individualized rehabilitation plan will be formulated. If necessary, they will follow up the child’s progress and make referral to other occupational therapy services.
Physiotherapists assess the child’s gross motor function, physical development, fitness and motor coordination. Base on the child’s condition, counselling and individualized rehabilitation plan will be formulated. If necessary, they will follow up the child’s progress and make referral to other physiotherapy services.
Audiologists assess the child’s hearing ability and make referral to Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and Special Education Section of the Education Bureau for further examination and follow-up if necessary. They provide guidance to parents on communication with hearing- impaired children, hearing protection and how to facilitate the children’s language development. They also introduce the use of hearing aids and provide supportive service to the hearing impaired children if necessary.
Optometrists assess the child’s visual function, including visual acuity, color vision, binocular vision, visual field and eye movement. If necessary, they will follow up the child’s progress and make referral to the ophthalmology clinics of Hospital Authority for further examination and treatment.
Nurses participate in assessment of the overall development of children. They organize various health promotion activates such as small group seminars, individual counseling and parent-child training. The aim is to help parents better understand their child’s problems and develop a positive attitude in coping with these problems.
Medical social workers work with various professionals in formulating rehabilitation plans. They facilitate referrals of children to different services and application for social welfare resources. They also provide counseling and support to parents through organizing small group activities, workshops, seminars, parent-sharing sessions and visits to rehabilitation services.