Ms. Natalie Cheung has been a speech therapist since 2007. More than 10 years of clinical speech therapy and medical management experience, she offers professional consultations, assessments and treatments to people suffering from difference kinds of communication disorders, e.g., speech impairments, language impairments, swallowing impairments, fluency impairments, aphasia, dyslexia, voice impairments etc.). The client included children, adults as well as the elderly.
Within ten years, she earned Master of Public Health in the University of Hong Kong, became a member of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists (HKAST), an accredited speech therapist in Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists, and a registered user of the Hong Kong Cantonese Oral Language Assessment Scale (HKCOLAS).
Being a Supervising Speech Therapist and a School-based Speech Therapy Service Supervisor in a child therapy and learning centre, she currently assigns speech therapists to different kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools in Hong Kong to help students with communication disorders.
Areas of Expertise in Children:
Ms Cheung uses standardized tests and non-standardized tests to carry out developmental assessments for children’s cognitive, articulation, language, self-care and social developments, thereby making diagnoses of speech impairments, language impairments, voice impairments, fluency impairments (stuttering), dyslexia, and social communication impairments. Furthermore, specific treatment plans are tailor-made for different individual children, usually are in the forms of role plays and interactive activities.
For stages of language development, children should be able to say single words at around nine months to eighteen months, and link three to four words together at age three. If they are only capable in saying single words or short phrases at age three, or unable to comprehend and express well-formed sentences at age four, parents should seek help from speech therapists for assessing their children.
For stages of articulation development, children at age four to five should be able to communicate with others using correct speech sounds in their native language. If parents found children’s speech sound errors at the age of six, parents should seek help from speech therapists for assessing their children.
Areas of Expertise in the Elderly/Stroke Patients/Dementia Patients:
Ms Cheung uses standardized test and non-standardized test to assess their swallowing, language and communication abilities, so as to make diagnoses of dysphagia or aphasia, as well as set up treatment plans according to individual needs.
以標準化測試(standardized test) 及/或非標準化測試(non-standardized test) 來評估兒童的發展水平（包括認知能力、發音能力、語言能力、自理能力、社交溝通等），診斷兒童是否患有語言障礙、構音障礙、聲線障礙、說話流暢障礙（口吃）、閱讀困難、書寫困難、社交溝通障礙等。按個別兒童需要制訂治療目標，透過角色扮演或互動遊戲形式治療。
以標準化測試(standardized test) 及/或非標準化測試(non-standardized test) 來評估長者的吞嚥能力及語言能力溝通能力，診斷病人是否患有吞嚥困難或失語症，按個別需要制訂治療目標。