Symposia

Medium: Cantonese

Symposium I
Key to Successful School-based Group Training in Schools for Students with ASD (校本小組訓練的成功要素)
This session will discuss the key to successful school-based group training for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), highlighting the effective collaboration between school personnel and trainers from non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Representatives from NGOs will share their positive experiences in working with schools, and strategies to optimize tier-two service for tier-one and tier-three support in ordinary schools. The logistics for JC A-Connect in 2016/17 will also be covered.
Target participants: Personnel of JC A-Connect participating schools

Speakers 
Mr. Pokky Choi Poi-ki, Educational Psychologist, Caritas-Hong Kong
Miss. Cathy Lam Ka-yin, Registered Social Worker and Project Coach, Caritas-Hong Kong
Miss. Rebecca Lee Wai-shan, Registered Social Worker and Project Coach, Caritas-Hong Kong
Dr. Galen Liu Ying, Educational Psychologist, Heep Hong Society
Mr. Rex Wong Chun-kit, Educational Psychologist, Heep Hong Society

Moderators
Dr. Pamela Chan Yin-wai, Educational Psychologist, Education Bureau, HKSAR
Dr. Dorothy Li Wing-yee, Educational Psychologist, Education Bureau, HKSAR
Ms. Elsa Chiu Lai-yi, Educational Psychologist, JC A-Connect (School Support), The University of Hong Kong

Symposium II
School-based Social Skills Training for Children with ASD (校本社交訓練)
Supplemental training on social skills helps enhance the adjustment of students with ASD in school. Representatives from NGOs will share their experiences and strategies used in social skills training. Important features of group training for this purpose and critical factors for effectiveness will be illustrated and discussed.
Target participants: School personnel, related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers), parents, and interested individuals

Speakers
Ms. Cecilia Hon Yan-ting, Project Coordinator and Head Coach of JC A-Connect, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
Mr. Ng Chun Sang, Registered Social Worker (Team Leader), SKY Family and Child Development Centre, The Salvation Army
Ms. Pun Wing Man, Speech Therapist and Advisor of JC A-Connect, SKY Family and Child Development Centre, The Salvation Army

Moderator
Dr. Sonia Chan Man-kuen, Educational Psychologist of JC A-Connect (School Support), HKU
Mr. Lui Wan Hap, Educational Psychologist, JC A-Connect (School Support), The University of Hong Kong


Symposium III
Cultivating an Inclusive School Culture (建立共融文化)
Supporting and understanding among peers often facilitate learning in the classroom. Professionals from SAHK and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals will illustrate how they train peers to act as social coach to support students with ASD. They will also share their practical experiences and the role of teachers in implementating class-based integration strategies in schools.
Target participants: School personnel, related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers), parents, and interested individuals

Speakers
Ms. Joanne Wong Ka-yan,Registered Social Worker and Project Manager of JC A-Connect (School-based Support Programme), SAHK
Ms. Rachel Ma Nga-lun, Educational Psychologist and Advisor of JC A-Connect (School-based Support Programme), SAHK
Ms. Winnie Tam On-yee, Speech Therapist and Advisor of JC A-Connect (School-based Support Programme), SAHK
Ms. Winnie Chan Wing-yan, Clinical Psychologist, Education Division, Tung Wah Groups of Hospitals

Moderators
Ms. Bertha Lee Tsz-wing, Educational Psychologist of JC A-Connect (School Support), HKU
Ms. Diane Lo Ting-yan, Educational Psychologist of JC A-Connect (School Support), HKU

Handout (SAHK)

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Symposium IV
Family Support Service: Empowering Caregivers of Children with ASD (家庭支援服務)
This session will introduce the current services provided to carers of children with ASD, including parenting knowledge and skills, emotions management, and awareness of own thinking styles.
Target participants: Related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers), parents, and interested individuals

Speakers

Presentation: Silver Lining (屋簷下的陽光)

Ms. Cherry Ku, Project Officer of JC A-Connect (Family Support Programme), Caritas-Hong Kong
Ms. Do Do Ho, Social Worker, Caritas-Hong Kong
Mrs. Lau, Mother of a Five Year-old Child with ASD

Our society has continuously trained us to be solution-focused. And in sacrifice, it has become a luxury for children to have some fun with their parents. Parents tend to spend the resources, such as time, money and strengths, in solving the “problems” of children; while easily neglect the importance of simply having fun with them. During the past few months, Caritas-Hong Kong has been providing a wide range of programmes to parents of children with autism. We are delighted to hear some positive feedbacks that the quality parent-child activities allowed parents to have a break from handling the “problems” or “tasks”, have meaningful self-reflection and gained a disparate perspective on their children. We believe that these insights are vital and can provide continuous strengths for parents to cope with daily challenges.

Presentation: “Happy Parenting Program” – The First Local Evidence-based Parenting Programme for Parents of Preschoolers with Special Needs (「教得其樂」- 首套本地化專為育有特殊需要幼兒家長之實證為本親職教育課程)

Mr. Stanley Chan, Educational Psychologist, Heep Hong Society
Ms. Lee Kwan Yu, Team Leader of JC A-Connect (Family Support Programme), Heep Hong Society
“Happy Parenting Program” (「教得其樂」) is the first local evidence-based parenting program for parents of preschoolers with special needs co-developed by the Heep Hong Society, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong. It introduces parenting principles for the parents with SEN children with introduction of parenting principles. Through role-play and home exercises, parents were guided to have better understand of the parenting skills and the pitfalls of mal-parenting practice. The program had been evaluated by a Randomized Controlled Trial design with 120 parents from 6 EETCs of Heep Hong Society. Results showed that the parental stress and the severity of children’s behaviors were significantly lowered while parenting competence and parent-child relationship were enhanced among the intervention group upon completion of the programme.

Presentation: Changing Starts from Parent- both Internally and Externally: The Use of Evidence-based Programmes in Supporting Parents of Children with ASD (改變由家長開始 – 以實證為本的介入策略支援自閉症兒童家長)

Ms. Kaye Lung Ka-ying, Project Manager of JC A-Connect (Family Support Programme), SAHK
Ms. Cacao Wu Ka-yan, Social Worker of JC A-Connect (Family Support Programme), SAHK

SAHK aims to provide high quality rehabilitation services for persons in Hong Kong who are physically and mentally challenged. There are a total of 64 service units, serving 800 disabled families a year.

The Association has been serving families with ASD children through an “internal to external support” approach, including promotion of psychological health and positive mindset of parents, enhancement of parenting skills and knowledge. The framework of the current parent support service will be introduced, with the focus on two evidence-based programmes, “Positive Parenting Programme” and “Narrative Therapy Group”. Experiences in leading these programmes and how the processes support parents of children with autism will be shared. Concrete tips and skills on effective parenting for caregivers of children with autism will also be shared.

Moderator
Dr. Paul Wong Wai-ching, Co-Investigator of JC A-Connect (Family Support) and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU

Biography of Speakers