ASK has been offering independent assessment since 2004 and many schools have referred their students to ASK through out the years. Our goal is to provide a quality assessment to children and save time and travel expenses for the parents and most importantly to afford the children to be assessed in his or her home ground avoiding the stress of traveling abroad for assessment.

ASK is delighted to welcome two new educational psychologists as collaborators to our independent assessment programme. With one psychologist who is based in Geneva and one visiting 3 times a year, ASK can now provide broader assessment services which will include classroom observation and follow up advice to the parents and their children in the Geneva and its neighboring regions.

Dr Gilda PaltiDr. Gilda Palti – is a Chartered Child and Educational Psychologist who specialises in assessments of individuals of all ages for a range of learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD. She is registered as a member of the British Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPS); a Member of the Division of Child and Educational Psychology of the British Psychological Society, and holds a Certificate for Family and Child Therapy.

“Dyslexia and Resilience” article written by Dr. Gilda Palti

The diagnosis of dyslexia in children is likely to cause a variety of stresses and concerns for the parents of these children. The attempts of the dyslexic pupils at mastery of tasks lead to feelings of frustration, rather than feelings of achievement, leading to lowered self-esteem. As a result of their failure, their parents experience feelings of anxiety and frustration, which may result in rejection or over protection.

At school, underachieving children may be perceived as ‘lazy’ and ‘not trying hard enough’, and their failure may be viewed in terms of poor behaviour and attitude. Teachers tend to perceive pupils with specific learning difficulties as less co-operative, less attentive, less socially acceptable and less desirable to have in class (Palmer et al., 1982). Increased impatience and an attitude of blame on the part of the teacher intensifies the children’s anxiety, frustration and confusion, and bring adverse consequences to the ego. Read More….

Ioli N. SoroulaIoli N. Soroula – is an educational psychologist, specialised in the diagnosis and remediation of learning disorders, who has been supporting children and their families for more than fourteen years. She is chartered by the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom (HCPC) and registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as the Association of Greek Psychologists (ΣΕΨ). She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Applied Educational Psychology from Columbia University, New York.

Based in Geneva, Ioli Soroula provides assessment services in English to school-aged children (age range: 3 years to 17 years). The purpose of the evaluation is to offer insight as to whether they have a learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) or other weaknesses in areas of cognitive or emotional development that could be affecting their school work.

Dr. Palti will be in Geneva from 11 to 13 October and Ioli Soroula is available by appointment. Assessments will be done at ASK offices in Geneva. Read more on ASK Assessment Programme