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Anita Mei-Yin Wong B.A. (CUHK), M.A. (Indiana), Ph.D. (British Columbia), CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Dr. Anita Wong received her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Indiana University, Bloomington and her PhD at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr. Wong completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is now an Associate Professor. Between her two higher degrees, Dr. Wong worked as a speech-language pathologist in the United States and Vancouver, providing services to English- and Chinese-speaking children with developmental speech and language disorders. She is currently the Coordinator of the Year II PBL program on Child Speech and Language Development and Disorders, and Director of the Division’s Child Language Laboratory. She received the Faculty of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2008-2009.

 

Research Interests

Dr. Wong’s research focuses on language development and disorders in Chinese children. Her research interests include: 1) word learning and early identification of language impairment; 2) cognitive and language deficits in children with Specific Language Impairment; and 3) implications of oral language impairment on literacy development. Dr. Wong’s current projects address 1) the underlying auditory, linguistic and cognitive processing deficits in children with SLI, who do or do not have co-morbid dyslexia, 2) the linguistic manifestations of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Cantonese-speaking children, 3) the relationship between oral language and literacy development in Cantonese-speaking typical children and children with SLI, and 4) the early identification of language impairment.

 

Recent Publications

(Selected listing)

  1. Wong, A. M.-Y., Klee, T., Stokes, S. F., Fletcher, P., Leonard, L. B. (2010) Differentiating Cantonese-speaking pre-school children with and without SLI using MLU and lexical diversity (D). Journal of Speech. Language and Hearing Research, 53, 794-799.

  2. Liu, P. D., McBride-Chang, C., Wong, A. M.-Y., Tardif, T., Stokes, S., Fletcher, P., & Shu, H. (in press) Early oral language markers of poor reading performance in Hong Kong Chinese children, Journal of Learning Disabilities, special edition on advances in the early detection of reading risk, 43, 322-331.

  3. Wong, A.-M.-Y., Kidd, J., Ho. C. S.-H., & Au, T, K.-F. (2010). Characterizing the overlap between SLI and dyslexia in Chinese: the role of phonology and beyond. Scientific Studies of Reading, 14, 30-57.

  4. Wong, A. M.-Y., Chow, D. C.-C., McBride-Cheng, C., Stokes, S. F. (2010). Optional elements and variant structures in the productions of bei2 ‘to give’ dative constructions in Cantonese-speaking adults and three-year-old children. Journal of Child Language, 37, 175-196

  5. Wong, A. M.-Y., Ciocca, V., Yung, S. (2009). The perception of lexical tone contrasts in Cantonese children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Journal of Speech. Language and Hearing Research, 52, 1493-1509.

  6. Law, S.-P., Weekes, B. S., & Wong, A. M.-Y. (Eds.) (2009). Language disorders in speakers of Chinese. Bristol, UK: Multilingual matters.

  7. Wong, A. M.-Y. & Stokes, S. F. (2009). A construction account of question acquisition in Cantonese-speaking children with SLI. In S. P. Law, B. S. Weekes, & A. M.-Y. Wong (Eds.). Language disorders in speakers of Chinese (pp. 53 - 74). Bristol, UK: Multilingual matters.

  8. Klee, T., Wong, A. M.-Y., Stokes, S. F., Fletcher, P., & Leonard, L. B. (2009). Assessing Cantonese-speaking children with language difficulties from the perspective of evidence-based practice: Current practice and future directions. In S. P. Law, B. S. Weekes, & A. M.-Y. Wong (Eds.). Language disorders in speakers of Chinese (pp. 89-111). Bristol, UK: Multilingual matters.

  9. Fletcher, P., Leonard, L. B., Stokes, S. F., Wong, A. M.-Y. (2009). Morphosyntactic Deficits in Cantonese-speaking children with Specific Language Impairment. In S. P. Law, B. S. Weekes, & A. M.-Y. Wong (Eds.). Language disorders in speakers of Chinese (pp. 75 –88). Bristol, UK: Multilingual matters.

  10. Leonard, L. B., Deevy, P., Wong, A. M.-Y., Stokes, S. F., & Fletcher, P. (2007) Modal Verbs With and Without Tense: A Study of English- and Cantonese-Speaking Children with Specific Language Impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 42(2), 209-228.

  11. Stokes, S. F., Wong, A. M.-Y., Fletcher, P., & Leonard, L. B. (2006) Nonword repetition and sentence repetition as clinical markers of SLI: The case of Cantonese. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 219-236.

  12. Leonard, L. B., Wong, A. M.-Y., Deevy, P., Stokes, S. F., & Fletcher, P. (2006). The Production of Passives by Children with Specific Language Impairment Acquiring English or Cantonese. Applied Psycholinguistics, 27, 267-299.

  13. Fletcher, P., Leonard, L. B., Stokes, S. F., & Wong, A. M.-Y.  (2005). The expression of aspect in Cantonese-speaking children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 48, 621-634.

  14. Wong, A. M.-Y., Leonard, L. B.,  Fletcher, P. & Stokes, S. F. (2004). Questions without movement: A study of Cantonese-speaking children with and without specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47,1440-1453.

  15. Wong, A. M.-Y., Au, C. W-S., & Stokes, S. (2004). Three measures of language production for Cantonese-speaking school-age children in a story-retelling task. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47, 1164-1178.

  16. Wong, A. M-Y., & Johnston, J. R. (2004). The development of discourse referencing in Cantonese-speaking children. Journal of Child Language, 31, 633-660.

 

Currently Funded Research Projects

As principal investigator

The connections between oral language and literacy in Chinese children with and without specific language impairment. Hong Kong Research Grant Council. (2010-2013). HK $242,650

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and dyslexia in Cantonese Chinese: co-morbidity and underlying deficits. Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2008-2011). HK $799,180

Processing capacity, executive functions and narrative comprehension in Cantonese-speaking school-age children. University of Hong Kong Research Grants (2008-2009). HK $66,886

As co-investigator > 

Assessing Theory of Mind (ToM) in Chinese Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2009-2012). PI: Dr. Carol K-S. To

Language development in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired Mandarin-speaking children and its longitudinal relationship with speech perception and production. Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2009-2012). PI: Dr. Lena L.-N. Wong

Longitudinal predictors of behavioral regulation, oral language and reading-related cognitive skills in Chinese reading achievement across Chinese children from different SES backgrounds. Hong Kong Research Grant Council (2008-2011). PI: Dr. Kevin K.-H Chung, Institute of Education.

Morphological awareness and Chinese children’s literacy development. Hong Kong Research Grants Council (2007-2010). PI: Professor Catherine McBride-Chang, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Contact:

Email: amywong@hku.hk
Phone: 852-39171593
Fax: 852-25590060
Address:
Division of Speech & Hearing Science,
The University of Hong Kong,
Room 767, 7/F, Meng Wah Complex Pokfulam,
Hong Kong