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The Department of Health (DH) launched the Hong Kong Comprehensive Assessment Scales for Preschool Children (HKCAS-P) on 18 August 2014. This is the first-ever locally developed comprehensive diagnostic instrument for Hong Kong preschool children.

The HKCAS-P enables accurate assessment of a wide range of functions for preschool children suspected to have developmental problems. The assessment results will help professionals to make referrals for treatments, training or educational placements, and to monitor progress and evaluate treatment outcomes.

To better cater for the needs of local Cantonese-speaking preschool children, the multi-disciplinary team of the DH's Child Assessment Service (CAS), together with senior academic scholars including Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Cynthia Leung; the Chair Professor of Social Research of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Professor Lo Sing-kai; and Associate Professor of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong Dr Anita Wong have since 2009 conducted research and development of the HKCAS-P.

The HKCAS-P will enable accurate assessment of a wide range of preschool children's functions, including their cognitive, language, social cognitive, fine and gross motor and perceptual functions and abilities, as well as their literacy and numeracy skills. There are a number of novel elements, including testing on preschool children's Cantonese oral language ability, and a social cognition scale referencing the local cultural context which can be used for direct testing.

The HKCAS-P is intended to be used by professionals who work in the field of developmental-behavioural paediatrics, including mainly developmental-behavioural paediatricians and clinical/educational psychologists.

CAS will organise training workshops for professionals in late 2014 to early 2015.

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