Shirley Zhou

Formal Assessments for 4!

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Shanghai LIH Olivia’s Place worked together last month with a local cerebral palsy foundation to support a family with quadruplets diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy. The family is from Anhui province and the four children are now almost 3 years old. Until now, they have had limited resources for assessment and therapy.

Lis Ringrose, Physical  Therapist

Lis Ringrose, Physical Therapist

On the morning of March 29, we warmly welcomed the family and CP foundation staff at Shanghai LIH Olivia’s Place. Our multi-disciplinary team had carefully planned for the visit over the previous two weeks. Speech Therapists Yi Lien and Shirley Zhou, Occupational Therapist Anna Tan Pascual, Physical Therapists Lis Ringrose and Zili Wang, and Counselor JingJing Du participated in the assessment. Led by Clinical Manager Dr. Becci Dow, the assessment of four siblings proceeded in a very orderly way and the children were immediately comfortable with our team. The whole family was relaxed, enjoyed the toys offered as part of the assessment, and interacted well with the evaluators.


quads 2The team used several formal assessment tools including the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP), Rossetti Infant Toddler Language Scale, and the Preschool Language Scales (PLS-5) to gather information about the children’s development. After the assessment, the family’s therapy team met with the parents and the volunteer who accompanied them on their trip to Shanghai. The therapists provided advice on daily activities the family can do to help their children’s developmental needs. A formal written report will also be provided for each child.


A reporter from an Anhui TV station accompanied the family during their visit and interviewed our CEO, Nelson Chow, and the family’s therapy team. Video of the family’s time at LIH Olivia’s Place will be aired in Anhui in the quads (2)

Clinician Profile: Shirley Zhou, Speech-Language Therapy Assistant

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Shirley Zhou, Speech-language Therapy Assistant, Shanghai

Shirley Zhou, Speech-language Therapy Assistant, Shanghai

Shirley graduated from East China Normal University, where she obtained her bachelor and master degrees in Speech and Hearing Science. As a student, Shirley participated in an exchange program with the Speech-Language Pathology Department of Taipei Normal School, Taiwan, where she had the opportunity to attend various training with visiting professors from Hong Kong and the US. During her seven years of education, she trained in special education schools, hospitals, and other rehabilitation organizations in Shanghai. She has treated children with hearing loss, autism, Down syndrome, developmental delay, and other conditions. Shirley is currently available to provide speech-language therapy for Chinese-speaking children LIH Olivia’s Place in Shanghai. Languages: Mandarin, English



How long have you been in China?

I have always lived in China. My hometown is Hangzhou and I moved to Shanghai in 2008 to pursue my degrees.

Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?

Through my experience, I am aware of the huge demand for high quality therapy in China and I want to be among those who solve this problem. I choose LIH Olivia’s Place since it has the same mission as I do. I am really attracted by the professional team and multi-disciplinary approach here. I truly believe that working here give me a unique opportunity to be more professional. And it is a great chance for me to help more children in China as a Chinese speech-language therapist.

Why did you choose your field?

Unlike many who chose this field as their major, I was assigned to Speech and Hearing Science in my first year in university. As I learned more, I gradually fell in love with my major. When I saw many children with special needs, I realized that professional knowledge and skills are the keys to help them so I decided to keep working in this field.

What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your chosen profession?

Since I am still new in this field, the most rewarding experience was the first time I was recognized by parents. I helped a little girl with her phonological problem. After several sessions, her parents were so surprised when they clearly heard their daughter for the first time. This made me proud and happy.

What’s your favorite thing about working at LIH Olivia’s Place?

Working with specialists not only having professional skills but also having enthusiasm to help others is my favorite thing at LIH Olivia’s place. The therapists at LIH Olivia’s Place have a lot of volunteering experience at local welfare centers, which greatly enhanced the quality of therapy in community.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

In the first 2-3 years, I think I need to grow from therapy assistant to speech-language pathologist. I would like to have more opportunities to work directly with children. After that, I want to do more to promote the development of the profession in China. I want to help more people understand this area, to improve the ability of Chinese therapists, and let more Chinese children meet their individual needs.