Presentation file of Links Between Early Language and Dyslexia
The first one thousand days in childhood: Allergies and Mental Health 「首一千日」如何影響兒童過敏和 心理健康
兒童腦部發展與親子關係 Relationship between Executive Function and Parent-Child
如何提昇大腦執行功能與學習能力 How to improve brain executive function and Learning ability
Longitudinal evaluation of child brain development behavior in Hong Kong
Longitudinal Evaluation of Children's Development
Approach to evaluation of Children with Developmental Delay
The First One Thousand Days: Practical Tips for Parents
International published journal by our Clinical Psychologist Dr. Maureen Kong
The objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of Incredible Years Basic Parent Training (IYPT Basic) in a community clinic setting in Hong Kong. IYPT Basic is a Western program developed to promote children’s academic, social, and emotional regulation skills and to reduce conduct problems among typically developing children. The program has not been tested in non-Western cultures, where the challenges for parents of children with developmental disabilities can be different. The IYPT Basic was adapted slightly to accommodate cultural characteristics in Hong Kong. Parents of 52 preschoolers with developmental disabilities were randomly assigned to either the IYPT Basic or a waitlist control. Parent and child dyads were assessed before and after the 12-week intervention/waitlist period via self-reports and spouse/kin reports and videotape coding by observers blind to the intervention/waitlist status. Significant intervention benefits included (a) increase in positive and reciprocal parent –child interaction, (b) reduction in parental stress, and (c) decrease in oppositional behavior among the children. The parents’ attendance, satisfaction, and homework compliance was high. Practice or Policy: IYPT Basic, when implemented with cultural sensitivity, can be effective for —and well received by—Chinese parents of preschoolers with developmental disabilities in a community setting.
Mental Health In Children 兒童精神健康
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen?
Positive mental health development in teen girls: How parents could help?
Dr. LAM, Wai Fan Fanny 林蕙芬醫生
Specialist in Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics
MBChB(CUHK), MRCP(UK), FHKCPaed, FHKAM(Paed)
Recognizing Developmental Delays in Children and When to Seek Help
Dr. Fanny WF LAM
MRCP(UK), HKCPaed, HKAM(Paed)
Specialist in Developmental- Behavioural Paediatrics
Honorary Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hong Kong
Tutor, The Association for Research in Infant and Child Development, UK
Since the first day of conception, human beings’ brains develop rapidly. In the first 1000 days of life, the fetus/infant/child’s brain forms approximately 700 new synaptic connections each second or upon each interaction with others. These synaptic connections develop and associate with senses such as vision, hearing and later establish more complex circuitry which supports the child’s motor skills, language mastery, and other cognitive functioning. If a child’s development deviates from normal limits, a standardized developmental assessment by a specialist should be put in place to further investigate the child's developmental needs, brain development and to provide intervention as early as possible.
Early signs of developmental issues:
Nobel prize laureate Professor James Heckman states that in terms of return, investing in early childhood education gives the most rewarding outcome. According to the Harvard Center of Child Development, the earlier the intervention of developmental delay, the more cost-effective and the less effortful it is. Timely intervention can significantly improve children’s development, and help children learn importantly life skills. Parent coaching on providing stimulating environment, pivotal response training, attachment-based relationship building, as well as tailor-made multidisciplinary intervention on motor skills, language development, cognitive and executive function training, is imperative in supporting the child to catch up from their development deviance while minimizing its negative impact on the child’s life.
Common Developmental Problems in Preschoolers
Early Detection of Autism: How can paediatric assessment help?
Early Intervention: How can the educational psychologist help?