57% of ethnic minorities with special educational needs (SEN) drop out of school between primary and secondary levels. Those who are non-Chinese speaking (NCS) and have SEN are a minority group within a minority group and have historically been ignored by the education system in Hong Kong.
Ethnic minority families with children with special educational needs (SEN) are lacking support. They face several obstacles ranging from long waiting time for clinical assessments, language barriers, insufficient therapy supports, and lack of affordable private practitioners. Parents do not how best to support their children at home.
Building on our experience working with over 1,000 ethnic minority families with children who need special care, we will soon open the first Special Educational Needs Centre for ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. This will serve public primary school children and will be linguistically and culturally appropriate.
We believe in a holistic and collaborative approach. We will work directly with the child with SEN, their parent(s), and the school. The children we serve will have access to specialists and therapists. In addition, their parents will undertake training to be able to manage their child’s ongoing development.
All the services will be provided in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Nepali. At this time, the SEN Center will serve children suspected of having ADHD and Autism. Specialist therapists (including but not limited to behavior therapists, speech therapists, etc.) will be engaged to provide relevant therapies to each child.
- Be aged 6 to 13
- Be a resident of Hong Kong
- Identify as an ethnic minority in Hong Kong
- Study in a Public Primary School in Hong Kong
- Not be in a SEN School receiving therapy
If you are accepted to receive the therapy, the child and parent will commit to undertaking all sessions to be provided. Parents will be committed to paying a deposit of HK$300 which will be repaid in full provided all sessions are attended or advance notice is received in case of cancellation. The Zubin Foundation reserves the right to use its discretion to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Refer a Child
If you are a teacher, staff, or social worker at a school and want to refer a student to the SEN Centre, please click below to submit the referral form.
If you are not a teacher, staff, social worker at a school and want to refer a child to the SEN Centre, school, please dial 96823100 and talk to our counsellors on Call Mira, who can assist. Benefits of the SEN Centre For bios, please click below:
If you are not a teacher, staff, social worker at a school and want to refer a child to the SEN Centre, school, please dial 96823100 and talk to our counsellors on Call Mira, who can assist.
Benefits of the SEN Centre
For bios, please click below:
Division of Speech Therapy, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Operation Santa Claus and Morgan Stanley
Call Mira on 96823100.
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