Join us for a two-part series on reading and writing to explore the "art" of helping your child at home and the "science" of why parent support is important for academic skills and parent-child relationship.

 The Art and Science of Reading to Your Child 

In 2014, The American Academy of Pediatrics put out a policy statement "prescribing" daily reading to children from infancy because "reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children."  Reading aloud builds vocabulary, print awareness, fluency, and enjoyment of reading.

In this talk Bring Me A Boobrk Hong Kong and FOCUS, collaborate to share strategies parents can use at home to strengthen language skills, literacy development, and the parent-child relationship, by reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age appropriate books.  Reading together with your child can also provide early clues that something may be amiss with your child's language and literacy development.  Don't miss this practical session where you will learn to:

  • Do a powerful read aloud
  • Overcome common challenges with reading aloud
  • Support reluctant readers
  • Find the “trigger” book for different types of readers
  • Recognize developmental “red flags”
  • Find the right support for a struggling reader

This Roundtable is appropriate for parents of preschool through primary age children and particularly valuable for parents who may have questions about their child's literacy progress. 

Event Details: Reading

Date:     May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time:     6:30 - 8:00 PM
Venue:   Virtual workshop via Zoom
Cost:     FOCUS Members (free); Non-member (HK$200)

Panel Speakers

Pia Wong
Pia worked for 15 years in Hong Kong and China in strategic planning, media and communications. She has a BA Hons in Philosophy from University College London. In 2019, Pia published her first book "Good to Read" for local primary school children. Pia was awarded a scholarship to attend the "Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management" at the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. Pia left the corporate world in 2010 to focus her expertise in the NGO sector - or rather, For Impact Organization (FIO) - to help raise awareness and advocate for key social and literacy issues facing Hong Kong.
Rebecca Bush
Rebecca Bush is a certified reading specialist and special needs teacher. She has a B.A. in languages from UC - Berkeley, an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, and an M.Ed. in Advanced Literacy from Concordia University of Texas. She is also a member of Neuhaus’ Dyslexia Specialist Preparation Program, having almost completed the requirements to be a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist. Find out more about Rebecca at

Part 2: What Makes Written Assignments So Challenging? 

“I don’t know what to write!”  Is there any parent who hasn't heard that frustrated statement from a child?

Writing can be one of the most challenging tasks for school aged children. Many cognitive  processes are engaged when writing narrative texts, responding to literature, or writing about various content areas.

In this session, Trena Rauner, MAT, MA, will highlight recent research on writing instruction and help us better understand the complex writing process and how to help a child communicate his/her knowledge in writing with less anxiety.

In the session, you will engage with a writing assignment to see it from your child's perspective and discuss: 

  • the challenges children face when asked to write. 
  • strategies to help your child unpack his/her writing assignments
  • tools to help them plan, organize, and revise their writing with more confidence
This session is appropriate for parents of school age children 10+ and teenager.

Event Details

Date:     June 8, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time:     8:30 - 10:00 AM
Venue:   Virtually via Zoom
Cost:     FOCUS Members (free); Non-member (HK$200)

Trena Rauner - Guest Speaker resides in USA

Trena Rauner has earned a Masters in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts from the Reading Specialist Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Learning Specialist at a private school in New Jersey and has a private tutoring practice. In addition, she is the Coordinator of Reading Services at the Dean Hope Center, a graduate clinic at Teachers College serving the local community. Her expertise in the processes involved in reading and writing informs her ability to break down instructions and scaffold writing assignments so students become more confident writers.

FOCUS is a respected provider of accurate, evidence-based information about mainstream learning differences and a welcoming community of parents and professionals who share the experience of supporting children with AD/HD and SpLD.  We are a Hong Kong-based charity whose members include parents, educators, counsellors and medical professionals.
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