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  Date Venue
  10 Aug 2017 (Thur) TU201, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  11 Aug 2017 (Fri) TU107, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  About the Event:  

Words from the Chair

In speech therapy, one of the most frequently asked questions is “How to apply theory to practice?” This conference represents the effort of a team of researchers, speech therapists and students attempting to provide answer to the question

The conference consists two parts:

On 10th August 2017 we have preconference workshops on three evidence-based treatment programmes for SpLD clients and two workshops on standardized tools developed specifically for speech therapists.

On 11th August 2017, we have one-day conference with one keynotes speech followed by oral reports and posters presentations on studies related to speech therapy conducted by students of Master of Speech Therapy (MST) and professors of the MST team.

The three SpLD related treatment workshops

Accelerating Reading Ability (ARA) has been running for more than ten years working on the sound script relationship of single Chinese character. 
Accelerating Morphological Awareness (AMA) focuses on the facilitation of morphological awareness and
Accelerating Writing Ability (AWA) aims at the functional writing unit at different “grain-size” in Chinese. These basically represent our work on the treatment for kids suffering specific reading and writing disorder in Chinese.

The two standardized tests workshops 

Hong Kong Graded Chinese Character Naming Test (HKGCNT) is a standardized Character Naming Test developed to estimate the reading levels of children ages 6-13 in Hong Kong.
The Main Concept Analysis (MCA) is an attempt to build a clinical tool of discourse analysis aims at addressing both assessment and intervention of clients with acquired language disorders.

  Organizing Committee
  Dr. Man Tak Leung, Dr. Elaine Kwong , Dr. Mehdi Bakhtiar





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*** Submission for the conference ***

Author(s) need to submit an absract for each proposal of presentation. Abstracts should be based on research that is completed or clearly in progress, with a well-formulated research question(s), the theoretical or methodological approach, description of the data (if the work is empirical), and results/conclusions. The word limit is 400 words (excluding title and references). Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in duration and followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

The official language of the conference is English; all posters, presentations, and abstracts must be in English. A space of 2m (height) x 1m (width) would be provided for poster presentation.

All abstracts and relevant information should be submitted to Dr Leung Man Tak via email:

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 21, 2017
Notification to Authors: July 28, 2017

Please also include the following information together with your submission:

  1. Choice of the mode of presentation:
    •    oral presentation
    •   poster presentation
  2. Name of author (s)
  3. C. Title of the abstract
  4. Contacts: email and mobile phone number

Conference Contact email:

Please note that the registration fee of the conference (Day 2) will be waived for all accepted presenters.

Pre-Conference Workshops

The workshops will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, the day before the regular program of the Conference on Speech, Language and Communication Science and Disorders across the Life Span 2017 begins, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Accelerating Reading Ability (ARA)
by Tempo Tang and Leung Man Tak
09:00 – 11:00

Workshop Description

ARA is a theory driven treatment programme (10x 2-hour sessions) designed for children suffering from specific reading difficulties, conducted since 2003. A number of modifications have been made to improve its efficacy. The current treatment programme is constructed based on the assumption that children with developmental dyslexia are unable to develop metalinguistic awareness to deal with the sound-script correspondence needed in reading. The treatment aims at helping clients to develop the Orthographic Phonologic Correspondence (OPC rules – regularity and consistency rules) through careful stimuli selection for each treatment session in response to the clients’ reading development, captured through sessional probe test. The workshop will introduce the underlying theories and their relations to the stimuli selection for target characters for treatment, probe test, and how do they address the conduction of treatment.. Hands-on experience on error analysis on sample data and the estimation of reading stage from probe test results will be provided.
Tampo Tang

Ms Tang Po Yi Tempo

Leung MT

Dr Leung Man Tak

Accelerating Writing Ability (AWA)
by Dustin Lau and Candice Tam
11:00 – 13:00

Workshop Description

AWA is our first theory driven treatment programme designed for children with writing difficulties. By introducing functional writing units of different grain sizes, the AWA programme aims at improving the word writing abilities of children who have exceptionally poor performance in writing-to-dictation tasks. In the workshop, the theories behind the AWA programme, functional writing units of different grain sizes in Chinese and their significance in writing, and the training approaches used in AWA will be introduced. Pre- and Post-treatment data of the last three rounds of AWA conducted since 2016 will be presented. Participants will get hands-on experience using the handwriting app that is used to collect pre- and post- treatment data. Data analyses and interpretation procedures will also be introduced.

Dr Dustin Lau

Ms Tam Wai Sze Candice

Accelerating Morphological Awareness (AMA)
by Iris Lam and Dustin Lau
14:00 – 16:00

Workshop Description

Morphological awareness is crucial in facilitating a child to comprehend and to learn new words. Poor morphological awareness is usually accompanied by observation of reading「清」as「潔」;將「聖」as「誕」. This would affect clients’ abilities to comprehend or to learn new words. The finding that enhancing the morphological processing skills of poor readers would improve reading ability further substantiates this claim. AMA is a theory driven treatment programme (10x 2-hour sessions) designed for children suffering from specific reading difficulties. AMA aims at enhancing clients’ component character awareness through heightening character awareness through introducing disyllabic words of different productivity and boundedness values. The workshop will introduce the underlying theories and how do they relate to the stimuli selection through data corpus for treatment, probe test and how do they guide the conduction of treatment. Hands-on experience on data interpretation and the estimation of morphological ability from probe test results will be provided.
Iris Lam

Ms Lam Hang Ching Iris

Dustin Lau

Dr Dustin Lau

Hong Kong Graded Chinese Character Naming Test (HKGCNT)
by Leung Man Tak
16:00 – 18:00

Workshop Description

Professionals serving children with reading difficulties always require a simple assessment tool through which a client’s reading ability can be compared with children of the same age, and at the same time specific information can be gathered for therapeutic management.
To compare the reading abilities of children across grades, the test is designed, in terms of format and content, to reflect children’s reading abilities, and the measurement used is sensitive to the change in ability across grades. To provide information for therapeutic management, the test results are linked closely to those underlying features that contribute to the explanation of reading difficulties.
HKGCNT is a standardized character naming developed to serve the above-mentioned purposes.
Leung MT

Dr Leung Man Tak

The Main Concept Analysis (MCA) for oral discourse production
by Anthony Kong
18:00 – 20:00

Workshop Description

The MCA is a clinical assessment tool that allows a quick and simple clinical evaluation of discourse performance among speakers with acquired language disorders. The tool uses a sequential picture description task to elicit language samples, which are then utilized as the basis of discourse analysis. The data collection and index calculation of the test can be completed in twenty minutes for most examinees, unless an extensive amount of time is involved in preparing the orthographic transcription of a language sample on the part of test administrators. With reference to a rule-based system that focuses on the presence, accuracy, and completeness of targeted main concepts within an oral output, it has been shown to be able to (1) effectively differentiate speakers with and without aphasia, (2) provide objective quantification of the impaired performance, and (3) reliably measure changes of linguistic performance over time. Although the MCA results do not automatically provide a diagnostic classification of aphasia syndrome, nor do they point to an optimum approach of language remediation, the test can provide useful indicators of aphasia severity and overall linguistic performance of a speaker. The MCA has also been researched in unimpaired and language-disordered English speakers residing in the US, Cantonese speakers living in Hong Kong, as well as Mandarin speakers residing in Taiwan. Inclusion of the MCA scores to the results obtained from standardized aphasia batteries can supplement the guiding of intervention foci and monitoring of changes in connected speech during language therapy.

Dr. Anthony Kong



Pre-conference Workshops

Date: 10th Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 – 20:00
Venue: TU201 (Campus Map)

0830 – 0900 Check in

  SpLD Related Treatment Workshops

09:00 – 11:00

Accelerating Reading Ability (ARA)

11:00 – 13:00

Accelerating Writing Ability (AWA)

Lunch on your own

14:00 – 16:00

Accelerating Morphological Awareness (AMA)

  Standardized Tests Workshops

16:00 – 18:00

Graded Character Naming Test (GCNT)

18:00 – 20:00

Main Concept Analysis (MCA)


Conference Program

Date: 11th Aug 2017
Time: 09:30 – 17:30
Venue: TU107 (Campus Map)

0900 – 0930 Check in and Setting up of Poster

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Prof. David Chor Shing Li, Head of Department, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies,
  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

09:40 – 10:40

Keynote Speech 1: Looking for Treatment Evidence in Swallowing Therapy
Speaker: Prof. Thomas Murry, CCC-SLP

10:40 – 11:20

Keynote Speech 2: Integrated Therapy: Combining Counseling into Speech Therapy
Speaker: Siu Man Raymond Ting, PhD

11:20 – 11:50 Morning Tea

15:30 – 15:50

Brain Engagement by Brain Computer Interface: It’s relevance to Attention Deficit Population,
ADHD Kids, Stroke and Neurorehabilitation
Presenter: Gadi Bartur

12:20 – 12:50

Relations between Verb Factivity and Different Levels of False Belief Understanding
Presenter: Honglan Li

12:50 – 14:20 Lunch will be provided + Poster Presentation

14:20 – 15:00

Keynote Speech 3: Addressing Discourse in Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders:
Challenges and New Directions
Speaker: Prof. Anthony Pak Hin Kong

15:00 – 15:30

The Effects of EMST and Intensive Voice Therapy on Speech Loudness of Individuals with
Parkinson’s Disease
Presenter: Eric Tik Sang Tong

15:30 – 16:00

Using 5Hz Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Improve Swallowing Functions
Presenter: Ivy Cheng

16:00 – 16:30

Application of Cepstral Measures in Cantonese-Speaking Patients with Dysphonia
after Stroke
Presenter: Raymond Fong

16:30 – 16:45

Best Presentation Awards and Closing Remarks

16:15 – 17:15 Afternoon Tea



Registration Fee

  Regular Student 3
DAY 1: The three SpLD related treatment workshops (ARA, AWA, AMA) 1 HKD 600 HKD 300
DAY 1: The two standardized tests workshops (GCNT, MCA) 1 HKD 600 HKD 300
ALL workshops (ARA, AWA, AMA, GCNT, MCA) 1 HKD 1000 HKD 500
DAY 2: Conference 2 HKD 450 HKD 100
ALL workshops AND conference 1, 2 HKD 1200 HKD 550


1 Prior registration and payment for the conference is required, otherwise will treat as not attending the particular activity.
2 The registration fee include lunch and coffee-breaks on Aug 11. Prior registration and payment for the conference are required, otherwise will treat as not attending the particular activity.
3 To enjoy the student special rate, students are required to upload a copy of the student ID card when submitting the online registration.

Register and Paid by Credit Card Online

Please click here to process. Upon successful payment, you will see a "Payment successful" webpage and receive a payment acknowledgement email. The organizer will not issue the receipt again in any other format.

Register and Paid by Bankdraft / Cheque (Hong Kong currency)

Please click here to register online, then send us the payment together with the printed online registration form by post / in person. An official receipt will be provided during the first day of the event.

Payable to
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    (Please state name and contact no. of the participant at the back of the bankdraft / cheque.)
  • Please print out and submit the online registration form, together with bankdraft / cheque (Hong Kong currency) and student ID copy (if applicable) by post / in person before the registration deadline.

Room GH618, Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Please state “SLCSD2017” on the envelope.)

Office Hour

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch Hour: 12:30 nn – 2:00 p.m.)

Registration Deadline

July 28, 2017



Conference special rates offered by the following hotels.

Harbour Plaza Metropolis


7 Metropolis Drive, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Contact Person

Mr. Cyrus Lok
Sales Co-ordinator
Fax: (852) 3160 6988

Room Rate

From HK$880
* All the above rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and prevailing government tax (if any) per room per night. Please refer to booking form for details.

Booking Deadline

14 July 2017

Cancellation Policy

In case of any cancellation of room reservation made less than 14 days prior to your expected arrival, one night room charge will be debited on your given credit card as penalty directly.
In case of any amendment or cancellation of room reservation made less than 7 days prior to your expected arrival or noshow, 100% expected whole period of room charges will be debited on your given credit card as penalty directly.


Booking Form

Please download and complete the reservation form, and reply to the hotel contact person via fax or email directly.

Best Western Plus Hotel Kowloon


73 - 75 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Contact Person

Ms. Irene Lo
Director of Sales
Fax: (852) 2721 8022

Room Rate

From HK$ 600up
* All above rates are inclusive of 10% service charge with FREE in-room Wifi internet service. Please refer to booking form for details.

Booking Deadline

21 July 2017

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation only accepted 14 days prior to arrival, otherwise one night room rental will be charged as penalty.


Booking Form

Please download and complete the reservation form, and reply to the hotel contact person via fax or email directly.

Other options near the conference venue:

(Please check the hotel websites for details and make reservation directly with the hotel.)

Other options for Budget Travelers:

(Please check the hotel websites for details and make reservation directly with the hotel.)


Please be informed there will not be any temporary lodging arrangement


Participants are responsible for bookings and commitments made with the hotel. The organizer of the “Conference on Speech and Language Communication Sciences and Disorders across the Life Span2017” takes no responsibility for any commitments participants made with the hotels.

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For enquiries regarding the conference programme and presentations:

For enquiries regarding online registration and payment:
Phone: 3400-3653 (Ms. Liu) / 3400-3117 (Ms. Li)