How we help

ASK is dedicated to offering a range of programmes and services to support children with learning differences and special educational needs. Our programmes are driven by the needs of parents, their children and the professionals in the field. If we do not have what you need, let us know. There may be others who share your needs and ASK may still be able to help.
Some ASK programmes are tailored to the specific needs of the participants and can only take place if there is sufficient demand. If a programme you are interested in is not currently running, join our waiting list and we will let you know when there are enough participants for it to go forward.

ASK CARE – Support for parents

ASK believes that parents often find their greatest support in other parents who are in a similar situation. Sharing and learning from each other empowers parents. The unique aspect of ASK support is that it involves a parent helping another parent. CARE program volunteers are mostly parents of children with various types of special needs, who are supportive in an effective manner, know the many resources in the community and are fully prepared to serve you in the best possible way we can. We live your challenges, share your joys and your worries. We find great delight in small gains and recognize that what we see as great strides are not always seen by the world in which we live.

Parents often find their greatest support in other parents who are in a similar situation. We believe that parents become empowered by sharing and learning from each other. Join us at our Monthly Parents Support Meetings in Geneva or Zurich.
ASK Parent Workshops bring parents together to learn from a local professional.
Each fall ask organizes a conference and workshops targeted to help you navigate the Swiss educational system across the private and public sectors, as well as provide the information for you to support your child with learning differences and Special Educational Needs.
ask strives to empower parents to face the daily challenge of helping their child find success within the family, school and community. Parent consultation offers resource information on schools and special programs, referrals to local doctors and therapists, information on available support services and recreation activities, which meet the individual needs of the child.
Books from ASK’s lending library are FREE to ask members. We welcome parents, students, teaching staff and specialist to stop by at our office and browse the books we have in store.

For children

ask provides independent assessment services with well known and highly qualified educational psychologists and specialists in their specific fields. 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 adolescent support program is designed to support ALL teens and young adults age 15 to 19 through Peer Mentoring and Teen Chats.
The uniqueness of this program is that it allows teens and young adults, who want to make a difference through volunteerism, to support and act as mentors to the teens and young adults who have learning differences and special education needs.
ASK is launching a new social group called Cafe Society for young adults who would like to meet and socialise with peers in a safe environment as well as practice various social skills and learn life skills that are necessary to lead successful, independent lives and be confident in a wide range of social situations.
Our spring and summer camps are dedicated to offering a special haven for children aged 5 to 19, who have special needs and specific learning differences. At ASK camps, all participants are encouraged to be themselves without the daily pressure and restrictions of a typical school environment.
Friendship Circle is 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
ASK Homework Club and Study Skills Program is an after school program for young people aged 6 to 16, to support them with literacy and numeracy issues and to make doing their homework that little less stressful for the kids and their parents.
Lexia is a programme with a proven track record to help your child to read and to enhance their spelling.  This computerized personalized programme is already used by thousands of school & colleges. This phonics based progamme will give your child a series of ‘word attack’ skills to support their reading and spelling.
ask monthly Kids and Teens social was developed to offer opportunities for special needs children between the ages of 5 and 16 to practice appropriate social skills.
This programme is dependant upon having sufficient demand. Join our list of people interested in this programme.
Social Skills Group is an inclusive after school program designed to help children and adolescents develop the skills to improve their ability to relate to others.
Offered on demand for secondary students during Spring and Summer Breaks
ask weekly Art and Creativity Club is designed to provide children and young people with opportunities to explore and develop their imagination and creativity in a fun, spontaneous and therapeutic environment. Offered only with sufficient demand.

Unlike other organisations focused on a single type of profile or disorder, our inclusive, all-encompassing approach aims to give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

All of our programmes for children and teens are developed from the needs of our member families and run according to demand. If we don’t have what you are looking for, let us know. There may be other looking for similar services and a programme could be created.

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For professionals

There are many people who influence a child’s education and development.

One of the major goals of ASK-All Special Kids is to foster co-operation between parents, schools, and related professionals in developing a mutual understanding of learning differences and the importance of learning support provision for the benefit of all children with special educational needs.

Each fall ask organizes a conference and workshops targeted to help you navigate the Swiss educational system across the private and public sectors, as well as provide the information for you to support your child with learning differences and Special Educational Needs.
ask organizes educational seminars and lectures with highly respected specialists in the field of special educational needs (SEN). These seminars have attracted teachers throughout Europe.
why would someone want to be a specialist member of ASK?
ask is committed to building a foundation of collaborative affiliations with schools to share the responsibility of helping children with learning differences and special educational needs to reach their full potential academically and socially.
ASK Teaching Assistant Course – in collaboration with Helen Arkell Dyslexia Center

6 weeks programme starting in January 2017, is suitable for teaching assistants, classroom shadows, parents and carers; anyone who wishes to work with children who have special educational needs and learning differences.