Management of Dyslexia

Young readers must learn to walk before they can skip

Ask North American parents of preschoolers about phonics, and chances are they may not know what you're talking about.

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

Inclusion education is unwise

Under inclusion education, students with special needs study together with non-disabled students. I do not think that would be beneficial for Hong Kong students.

First, such a system imposes a burden on mainstream schools by requiring them to have extra resources for special-needs students. For example, schools will need to hire trained teachers for disabled students.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Special teachers in demand

The number and variety of programmes catering to children with special educational needs (SEN) have risen significantly in recent years, particularly at international schools.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

More time to file disability bias case

The lawsuit of a mentally retarded boy alleging bias by the government for excluding his school from the native-English-speaking teacher (NET) scheme received sympathy from a High Court judge yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Apps up and away

It's hard to tell if Steve Jobs had children in mind while designing the iPad, but developers certainly have while developing apps for hand-held devices. We select some of the most instructive and entertaining of educational apps for preschoolers

TeachMe: Kindergarten Developer: 24x7digital US$0.99

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

More aid for youths

In his policy address, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen proposed greater support for special-needs children and a new cooking school, among measures to help young people.

The Educational Psychology Service will be extended to all public secondary and primary schools by 2016. The service for students with special needs now covers half of the city's schools.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

It's rarely as easy as ABC to identify learning difficulties

In my son's first mid-term test in Primary One, I noticed that he received a low grade because, although he knew the correct answers, he had written the letters in reverse. I made a written request to the teacher for a reassessment.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

It doesn't take a genius

We live in a city where education is king, and where academic success is regarded above everything else. We live in a city where large numbers of children start their formal education, complete with school uniforms and textbooks, at the age of two.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Fun with Phonics

As the mother of a three-year-old who is allowed no television time at all, I was sceptical of this product but decided to give it a try. I was in for a surprise. Who knew teaching your child phonics could be this much fun?

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Too little, too late

All eligible children with special educational needs (SEN) have a right to equal opportunity to receive education in public sector schools in Hong Kong.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tough search for special places

Under Hong Kong's nine-year compulsory education policy, all school-age children are entitled to a place at a public sector school. However, amid the intense competition for places in English-medium schools, there is an acute shortage of places for non-Chinese-speaking children with special educational needs.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Support 'lacking' for special needs pupils

A study by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong found that government support services for kindergarten children with special learning needs are severely lacking. Respondents complained of insufficient resources for such children and of unclear government policies in arranging support services for them.

13 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Integrated education failing to make the grade

The aspiration of a government should be to guarantee equality of opportunity for all people, regardless of race, language, religion and physical and mental ability. Creating a city that is tolerant, open to all views and harmonious has to be its priority. No society can truly claim to have reached this pinnacle, but every effort has to be made to bring it closer.

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Fairness watchdog 'cannot say' if policy unfair for disabled pupils

The new education policy might cause problems for special needs students but it was difficult to say if it was discriminatory, a lawyer for the Equal Opportunities Commission has told a judicial review hearing.

6 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Children face long waiting lists

Rory Macfarlane and his wife knew before their son was born that there could be complications. 'When my wife was a few months pregnant we had tests done and, as the pregnancy progressed, the chances of having a Down's baby got more and more,' he explains.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am