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Research on Community Support Network for Children with Developmental Delays and Special Needs Program

Project Details

Funding Organisation
The project, based on attachment-based approach with family-centred and strength-based foundation, incorporates four key elements T.I.P.S. – T for Touch, I for Interaction, P for Play, and S for Support that form its uniqueness to serve families of children aged from zero in Tin Shui Wai. The parents learn how to touch, interact, play and form security to their children throughout this project. It meets the needs of two different developmental stages (children aged 0-2 and 3-6) comprising four sets of specific programs: 1) Touch-based program for aged 0 to 2 for building emotional security. 2) Play-based program for aged 3 to 6 especially for children with SEN. 3) Parenting program for those parents from disadvantaged families, with SEN children or parents with mental distress. 4) Community-based program for families with SEN children and general families with children aged 0 to 6.
  1. To enhance the physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
  2. To strengthen parent-child bonding.
  3. To increase the children’s self-awareness on proper social and emotional skills especially for children with SEN.
  4. To improve the parenting capacity by enhancing their self-awareness, emotion regulation ability, motivation and coping skills especially for those parents with SEN children.
  5. To assist the parents in developing a positive and secure attachment with their baby through TOUCH and PLAY programs.
Target participants

Children aged 0 to 6 and their families of disadvantaged backgrounds including (i) children with Special Education Needs (SEN) features, (ii) with mental health issue, (iii) low-income, (iv) with poor relationships among family members or (v) single parent. In particular focus for research, our core target groups are as follows:


  1. Aged 3-6 children with emotional or behavioural problem in particular for those withSEN features; and/or
  2. Parents at risk of mental distress and/or with depressive symptoms or mild depression (the total scores of Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) indicated between14-19) with aged 0-6 children.

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