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The Zubin Foundation Family Centre

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Centre for Ethnic Minority Children



The Problem

  • 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. 

SEN Centre

  • Building on our experience working with over 1,000 EM families with children who need special care, we will soon open the first SEN Centre for EM 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 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 behaviour therapists, speech therapists etc.) will be engaged to provide relevant therapies to each child.  


Criteria To Become A Client: 

The services are targeted at the following service users:

  • Ethnic minority student in a public school, either EMI or CMI 

  • From a low-income family 

  • Can speak English, Hindi, Urdu or Nepali 


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$500 which will be repaid in full provided all sessions are attended or 48 hours of 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.  

How To Avail These Services? 

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.  


Summary of what the SEN Centre provides to successful candidates: 

  • 10 free specialist therapy sessions for the SEN child  

  • Customised parent workshops with The Zubin Foundation in Hindi, Urdu and Nepali 

  • Supportive community of experts 

Contact Information:
All enquiries about SEN can be directed to: 

Vibha Karnik at, or  

Call Mira on 96823100 


Advisory Committee: 

Dr. Melissa Ortega (Clinical Psychologist)  

Dr. Reena Choi (Clinical Psychologist)   

Dr. Se Fong Hung (Child Psychiatrist)  

Sharmila Rodricks (Learning Enhancement Teacher)  

Urvi Kamdar (Occupational Therapy)  

Prof Valerie Pereira (Speech Therapy)  

Dr. Wong Lai Yin(Pediatrician)

Peggy Kan (Speech Therapy) 

For bios, click here.



Division of Speech Therapy, Chinese University of Hong Kong