Speech Therapy Speciality Clinic
言 語 治 療 專 科 診 所
We provide the following speciality clinic:
我 們 設 有 以 下 言 語 治 療 專 科 診 所：
Dynamic assessment (DA) evaluates a person’s learning potential and the deficits in cognitive functions. The process of dynamic assessment is highly interactive and process-oriented. It emphasizes the learning process and accounts for the amount and nature of examiner investment.
Mediated Learning Experience is a structured approach to learning and is applicable for all age groups. It allows learners to build and modify their capacities through structured learning to acquire new skills, behavior patterns, awareness, and a set of strategies that can potentially be generalized to new experiences and stimuli.
DA and MLE are particularly effective in promoting overall learning, cognitive functioning and language performance for students with special educational needs and individuals with cognitive impairment. Our clinic provides DA and MLE for children as well as adults who want to enhance their cognitive functions and communication abilities.
Mediated Learning Experience (MLE）是一種結構化的學習方法，適用於所有年齡群組。MLE讓學習者通過結構化的學習模式來建立和修正他們的能力，以獲得新技能、行為模式、意識和一系列可被推廣應用於其他經歷的的應對策略。
Fluency disorders refer to the disorders that affect a person’s ability to speak fluently. These may include developmental stuttering, neurogenic stuttering, cluttering, etc. Our clinic provides assessment and treatment to children and adults with fluency disorders. Treatment for children includes indirect and direct therapy while treatment for adults includes speech restructuring and basic cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Our clinic also specializes in providing Lidcombe Program for children with stuttering.
Cleft Lip and Palate is the second most common congenital structural anomaly with a higher incidence rate reported in Hong Kong. Even after primary repair of the palate, the child’s speech may not always develop normally. Our clinic provides assessment and intervention services from pre-school age to adulthood.
Our perceptual speech assessment informs us if direct speech therapy is required as well as the type of therapy. We also initiate referral for instrumental assessment(s) of palate function of speech to determine whether further surgery is required.
Our clinic also provides a speech and language service for children with other craniofacial anomalies including craniofacial dysostosis syndromes e.g. Apert syndrome, Crouzon syndrome.
A disorder in any part of the auditory system will affect a child’s hearing ability and thus, communication. Children with hearing impairment may have difficulties in developing speech and language. Aural rehabilitation/habitation plays an important role in the communication abilities of both children and adults with hearing impairment. Our clinic provides the following specific services:
- Auditory and speech perception training
- Verbal speech and oral language training
- Augmentative communication with visual strategies
- Interaction and communication strategies
Our clinic also provides pre-operative assessment and post-operative rehabilitation/habilitation to clients with various types of implantable hearing devices such as cochlear implant and auditory brainstem implant.
我們亦提供人工耳蝸 / 腦幹植入手術前的溝通能力評估、及手術後的聽覺復康訓練。
Neurogenic communication disorders are caused by damage to the brain or the nerves. There are four types of communication disorders - aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, cognitive-communication disorders.
- Aphasia is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that process language. Patients with aphasia may have problems with any or all of the following language modalities: understanding of language, using spoken language, reading and writing.
- Dysarthria is caused by damage to the nervous system that controls speech movements. It may result from weakness, slowness or uncoordinated movements of the lips, tongue, face, throat and chest during speech production which leads to poor speech clarity.
- Apraxia of speech is caused by damage to the sensory-motor parts of the brain that program speech movements. Patients with apraxia of speech will have inconsistent speech errors, slow and labored speech as well as the wrong order of sound and/or word production.
- Cognitive-communication disorder is caused by concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, right hemisphere disorder, etc. Our clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment program for patients with cognitive-communication disorders with an aim to maximize the functional communication skills of individuals.
Social communication deficits is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD may experience difficulties in daily social contexts such as relating and interacting with peers, misunderstanding communication partners, difficulty establishing and maintaining friendships, etc.
Our assessment identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the individual and our individualized treatment programs, which may include individual and group therapy, facilitates development of social cognition, social competencies, problem solving, self-regulation and self-monitoring skills.
Dysphagia refers to problems with swallowing which could be due to various medical conditions. The most common causes of dysphagia include stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, head and neck cancer, respiratory diseases, congenital anomalies including preterm, cleft lips/ palate, head and neck problems, digestive disorders, cerebral palsy, neurogenic impairment and congenital heart diseases, etc. People of all ages can have dysphagia, from the moment one is born until the later stages of life. Timely diagnosis of dysphagia is important because it can have fatal consequences including malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. In most cases, dysphagia can be managed through compensatory or rehabilitative strategies, and in some, further collaboration with medical doctors including surgeons is required to effectively manage dysphagia.
Our service includes comprehensive assessment of swallowing function and individualized treatment programs for both children and adult that considers the needs of the client and is evidence-based.
Voice disorders may affect a person’s voice quality and everyday voice use. Voice disorders may result from poor vocal techniques and habits, structural deviation and neurogenic impairment. Our clinic provides comprehensive voice assessment and treatment for both children and adults with voice disorders. Treatment aims to improve the person’s voicing techniques, develop healthy voice habits as well as pre-surgical care and post-surgical voice therapy for those who require vocal surgery.
Our clinic assists those who may need referral to laryngologists for further voice assessment and management.
Speech sound disorders (SSD) may manifest as difficulties with perception, articulation/motor production, phonological representation of speech sounds, and/or with prosody (tone, rhythm etc. of a language). The causes of SSD can be known, e.g. genetic causes, or unknown. There are several types of SSD. For each type of SSD, the cause or level of breakdown is different and the speech symptoms are also different. Sometimes, the SSD persists beyond childhood into adolescence and adulthood. Early intervention is important in managing SSDs as it can have learning, social and psychological impact.
Our clinic provides detailed assessments and differential diagnoses on the nature and type of SSD, with recommendations on the management and individualized treatment programmes.
Our clinic provides comprehensive assessment on paediatric speech, language, communication and swallowing as a tertiary assessment with unknown causes or known biomedical or neurodevelopmental causes such as hearing impairment, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Prematurity. This clinic also provides assessment of bilingual and trilingual children (English, Cantonese, Putonghua).
The tertiary assessment includes making diagnosis and recommendations as well as providing overall management directions.
本診所亦為雙語及三語兒童 (英語、粵語、普通話) 提供評估服務。全面評估包括作出診斷及建議，並提供整體的治療方向。
Speech Therapist: HKD 1,500 per 60 minutes
Senior Lecturer and Professor: HKD 3,500 per 75 minutes
Appointments, Referrals & Enquiries
Referrals with patient's name, Hong Kong identification number or travel document number and daytime contact telephone number by fax are also welcome.
We will contact you for the earliest appointment as soon as possible.
Ms Rina To
Tel: (852) 3943 9609
Fax: (852) 3942 0969
Address: Room 303, Academic Building No. 2, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Location of Service Site
1/F., Specialist Outpatient Clinic, CUHK Medical Centre, 9 Chak Cheung Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong.
Mondays - Fridays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays