Supporting Unit for Special Educational Needs

    Project: Research project

    Project Details

    Description

    The early identification and early intervention for kids with special educational needs were the heated issues in the preschool settings. With donation from The Swire Charitable Trust (10 million) in the year 2016 to 2019, Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education (CSENIE) set up a Supporting Unit for Special Educational Needs (SuSEN) to provide comprehensive clinical support and training to students with special educational needs and their families at community-level. It built up a training platform with the first-hand experiences for enhancing professional competence of pre-service teachers at EdUHK, so as to provide a wide range of services, training and activities to SEN kids, parents and teachers. The resultant outcome was fruitful.

    Firstly, two training rooms were set up for clinical support at Tseung Kwan O Study Centre with a team of professionals, including school psychologist, early intervention specialist, behavioural therapist and play-intervention professionals etc. Secondly, a 3 tier intervention model was adopted for the service delivery. Thirdly, the team organized 30 public seminars with over 4630 participants for pre-service/ in- service teachers and parents. Fourthly, SuSEN also offered direct training services to SEN children (N=300) & their parents/ caretakers (N=300). Centre or school based training were provided for over 337 caseworks (674 headcounts). Fifthly, 18 enrichment courses tailored for 533 pre-service students and activities for 128 mentors were organized. Lastly, over 22 parent enrichment courses tailored for 607 parents were provided in between Jan 2017 to Apr 2019. The deliverables also included teaching kits and resource books.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date31/03/1631/12/19

    Keywords

    • Inclusive education, early intervention, special education