Funded by the Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance, SEC hosted an international symposium on Understanding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Students with Special Educational Needs last month.
The symposium aimed to boost debate of well-being in SENs, as well as raise awareness of the importance of improving wellbeing for students with SENs.
Prof Lim Cher Ping, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development (International Engagement) and Dr Phil Liu, Head of SEC opened proceedings. This was followed by a series of presentations delivered by internationally renowned academics from Hong Kong, Adelaide, Australia, Beijing, and Taiwan.
CUHK’s Prof Freedom Leung discussed how distress affects the body and mind and what we can do to enhance resilience.
Following Prof Leung’s talk, the next two topics focused on “The Mental Health and Development of Mindfulness Intervention among College Students with Disabilities in Taiwan”, presented by Dr Chih-Hsuan Chen from National Taitung University, Taiwan, and “Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Sustainable Well-Being among the SEN Youth”, delivered by Prof Kenneth Sin, MH, Director of the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education and a Professor in the SEC department.
In the afternoon session, Prof Joanne Arciuli, Dean of Research in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, Australia, presented her work on “Beyond the Focus on Monolingual Speakers of English: Supporting Oral Language and Literacy Skills for Autistic Children Around the World”. The last two presentations were given by speakers from Beijing Normal University, Prof Hong LI and Prof Shudong Zhang, on “Supporting Chinese Children with Dyslexia Using Character Learning Strategies: Implications for Well-Being and Intervention” and “The Relationship between Bullying and Anxiety in Chinese Students with Developmental Dyslexia: The Moderating Effect of Self-Confidence”.
To round off the proceedings, Dr Phil Liu gave the closing speech. “Conducting this symposium is a good starting point for further cultivating international collaborations with researchers, educators, and other stakeholders in the regions and internationally”, said Dr Liu. We look forward to continuing international research collaborations and exchanges in the coming years.
Throughout this symposium, we had over 230 registrants and 12 groups of poster presentations. Three groups received the Top 3 Best Poster Presentation Awards. It was a day filled with excellent presentations on diverse ground-breaking research.