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A NEW SOCIAL GROUP for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Geneva region

Friendship Circle

A NEW SOCIAL GROUP for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Geneva region

Wednesdays starting 4th October 2017, from 15h to 16h30

Following the success of the summer programme, ASK – All Special Kids is introducing a new social group for younger children between the ages of 5 and 8, with the aim to offering weekly structured activities in a fun group environment using play and sensory therapy, and visual support for thematic workshops, to stimulate and to inspire your child’s imagination while learning social skills.

In addition to the group objectives, we will target individual aims for the year and address individual challenges step by step during each session.


Group Objectives

  • Sharing – Toys, objects while playing, ideas and point of view.
  • Social Interactions – Taking turns, eye contact, body language, emotions.
  • Communication – Asking for help, asking questions, organizing your thoughts, understanding and making simple, clear and relevant sentences, comments.
  • Theory of Mind – Someone thinks differently than I do.

Each week, we will structure the session based around a particular theme to awakening their curiosity, learn social cues and vocabulary.

Ideas of Themes:

  • Friendship – Definition, how to make a friend, how to play, to talk, to behave with them.
  • 5 Senses – Occupational and sensory therapy, exploring through food, water beads, lights, sounds and smells
  • Cooking or Food preparation- Sensory experiences and following the steps to learn to listen and focus

In order to maximize the group’s potential to meet your child’s individual needs, we encourage your contribution and welcome any comments or ideas.

Our communication will be through email and you will receive a weekly group report.

Please contact for further information


Programme Facilitators

  • Vinciane Quintin
    Autism therapist
    Vinciane graduated from the IUFM of Burgundy withan MA in Teaching and Psychology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand and holds the title of Professional Bachelor of “Accompanying people with autism and related disorders” from University of Psychology of Paris Descartes. Vinciane works with children and young adults with autism by developing individualized educational intervention programs, targeting cognitive and behavioral goals, to help people to adapt and progress in their different level: School and extra-curricular / or home.
    Since 2014, Vinciane has been working with ASK at the Annual Summer Camp and facilitated Social skills groups for Austime Geneve, allowing participants to acquire skills in sociability, communication, social relationships, understanding of the theory of mind and social conventions.
  • Laura Alfageme
    Speech and language Therapist
    LauraAlfageme_250Laura holds a B.Sc in Communication Sciences from City University London, United Kingdom. She is a qualified speech and language therapist with previous experience in the UK, Cambodia and Switzerland.
    Laura currently works as a speech and language therapist in various international schools in Geneva since September of 2013. She works with children and students ranging between 3 and 16 years of age with a wide range of special needs.
    Laura joined ASK in July of 2014, working with young adults to provide social and life skills at the ASK summer camp.

Practical Details


If you are not already an ASK Member, become one now and benefit from reduced Member rates right away!

First Term: October 4, 11; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6, 13

4 October 2017, 15:00   through   13 December 2017, 16:30
ASK office
150 Rte de Ferney
Room 226
1211 Geneva GE
Phone: +41 (0)22 788 21 02
Friendship Circle Fees
Non-Member, per term CHF 860.00
ASK Member, per term CHF 731.00
Non-Member, annual rate CHF 2,400.00
ASK Member, annual rate CHF 2,000.00
Individual report
Yes, I would like an individualized report CHF 150.00
No, a group report is sufficient CHF 0.00

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