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Professional Development Lecturers


Pascal Duc
Pascal Ducenseignant et formateur (Lettres, ASH), ESPE de Grenoble (Grenoble-Alpes Université)
Marié et père de 3 enfants, Pascal Duc est professeur de Lettres. Il enseigne 3 ans à Madagascar, de la primaire au lycée. De retour en France, il profite de l’expérience du laboratoire cognisciences (Pr. Zorman) et encadre des formations continues sur les questions de dyslexie. A Bourgoin-Jallieu il est référent de tous les élèves à profil particulier d’un collège de plus de 900 élèves. Depuis 2007 il devient formateur à l’IUFM (maintenant ESPE, Ecole Supérieure de Professionnalisation des Enseignants) en français mais aussi dans le domaine du handicap (de la maternelle au lycée). Il participe à un projet expérimental pour l’intégration des enfants à haut potentiel en collège. Depuis 2015 il intervient auprès de l’Institut Florimont (Genève) comme expert sur le sujet des élèves à profil particulier. Il travaille avec des entretiens d’explicitation, d’anamnèse scolaire et des outils d’accompagnement personnel. Deux de ses enfants sont reconnus enfants à profil particulier, ce qui fait de sa famille une famille « normale »…

PD Dr. sc. nat. Karin KucianNeuroscientist at the Center for MR-Research University Children’s Hospital Zurich
Karin Kucian studied Neurobiology and Educational Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. After her PhD on the development of cerebral representations of numbers in typically achieving children and children with developmental dyscalculia, she focused further on the investigation of neuronal correlates of number processing in children with developmental dyscalculia and interventions to improve numerical understanding. In 2015, she obtained the venia legendi of the medical faculty of medicine of the University of Zurich and is now working as a senior research associate at the Center for MR-Research of the University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Switzerland.

Chloë MarshallProfessor of Psychology, Language and Education, UCL Institute of Education, London
After gaining a first class honours degree in the biological sciences, Chloë trained as a Montessori early years teacher. She taught in Montessori nursery schools in the UK and trained teachers at the Montessori Centre International in the 1990s, before gaining an MA in linguistics and a PhD in human communication science at UCL. After postdoctoral research at UCL and a lectureship at City University of London, she joined the Institute of Education in 2011. She led the MA programme in Special and Inclusive Education for several years and currently leads the MA/MSc programme in Educational Neuroscience which is awarded jointly with Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on children with language and literacy difficulties, and children who are deaf. She runs the ALLICC (Acquiring Language and Literacy in Challenging Circumstances) Lab and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal First Language.
To learn more about her and her work please go to…/dr-chloe-marshall-lab-direc…/

Conference Speakers

Sean Power President of the Geneva Association of Private Schools
Sean Power is the President of the Geneva Association of Private Schools. Following his university studies in London and Lyon, Sean Power arrived in Geneva in 1986 and has lived there ever since. Sean’s career spans 30 years in the field of education. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, inspector, school manager and leader in a number of educational institutions and contexts. He joined Institut Florimont as Director General in 2004. Prior to this he spent 12 years with The Bell Educational Trust in Geneva as director of teacher training, school principal and director of operations for Switzerland. He serves on various committees and is currently President of the Geneva Association of Private Schools (AGEP). Sean is married and the father of two boys.

Dr Irina SchurovNeuroscientist and Founder of LiveRigh, Autism and Nutrition Consultant
After receiving her PhD in Neuroscience from Cambridge University, Irina worked extensively in leading academic labs and pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies. Driven by a desire to help our new generation live healthier and happier lives she expanded her field to encompass not only the science of the brain but also the science of nutrition and microbiome. This lead her to create LiveRight – an initiative to share her knowledge of nutritional neuroscience and nutrigenomics in preventing and reversing different chronic disorders in children with special needs. Irina is especially passionate about helping children with Autism: the fastest growing neurodevelopmental condition today. She provides personalised nutritional support to families and an individual DNA nourishing programme for each child in order to maximise their potential in life.​

Professor Dr. Elsbeth Stern, ETH ETH ZürichDirector of the teacher education program, Professor of Learning and Instruction
Prof. Dr. Elsbeth Stern has been Professor of Empirical Learning and Instruction Research and head of the Institute of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zurich since autumn 2006. She is responsible for the pedagogical aspect of the ETH teacher training program. For the past 20 years, her work as a cognitive psychologist has focused on learning in science and mathematics.

Professor Michael S. C. ThomasDirector of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London
Since 2010, Michael Thomas has been Director of the University of London Centre for Educational Neuroscience, a cross-institutional research centre which aims to advance translational research between neuroscience and education, and develop practical applications within education. In 2003, Michael established the Developmental Neurocognition Laboratory within Birkbeck’s world-leading Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development. The focus of his laboratory is to use multi-disciplinary methods to understand the brain and cognitive bases of cognitive variability, including developmental disorders and individual differences. Within educational neuroscience, his work includes understanding the role of inhibitory control in children’s science and math learning, investigating the influence of cell phone use on adolescent brain development, linking findings on sensitive periods in brain development to their educational implications, and building links between genetics, environment and education in children’s developmental outcomes. His work on developmental disorders includes current projects on childhood development in Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Fragile X, and autistic spectrum disorder. In 2006, his research lab was the co-recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, for the project “Neuropsychological work with the very young: understanding brain function and cognitive development”. Michael is a Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Joy TongFounder of ASK
Joy started ASK – All Special Kids in 2003, as a direct response to the lack of support for Anglophone parents of children with learning differences and special educational needs.
After the birth of her daughter, who was born with significant special needs, Joy began to network with other parents in Geneva, sharing information and experiences, and found that many were experiencing similar struggles in their search for specialists and support services for their children. By 2003, Joy, with the support of five parents, founded Anglophone Special Kids, a prelude to what is known today as ASK – All Special Kids. Joy has been the driving force behind ASK since it’s creation, finding solutions to meet the continually changing needs of a transient population.

Workshop Presenters

Patricia Bell
PATRICIA BELL was educated in India, the UK and Switzerland. After working as a P.A. and conference organiser for various non-governmental organisations in Geneva she took the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) course and has been teaching
English as a foreign language since 2001. She volunteers for the Fondation Cap Loisirs and is on the committee of HOPE (Himalayan Organiation for People and Education), an association offering scholarships to students from the Himalayas (India) to enable them to study in Indian universities.
She is the mother legal guardian of an autistic/asperger son who has overcome the most debilitating aspects of autism and at 54 continues to make progress of which he is aware and very proud!

PATRICIA BELL a été éduquée en Inde, au Royaume-Uni et en Suisse. Après avoir travaillé comme assistante de direction et organisatrice de conférences au sein de diverses organisations non-gouvernementales à Genève elle a suivi le cours CELTA et enseigne l’anglais comme langue étrangère à des adultes depuis 2001. Elle fait du bénévolat pour la Fondation Cap Loisirs et siège au comité de HOPE (Himalayan Organiation for People and Education), une association offrant des bourses d’études aux étudiants de l’Himalaya (Inde) afin de leur permettre d’étudier dans les universités indiennes.
Elle est mère et tutrice d’un fils autiste/asperger qui a surmonté les aspects les plus débilitants de l’autisme et, âgé aujourd’hui de 54 ans, continue à faire des progrès dont il est conscient et très fier!

Claudia JankechSpécialiste FSP Psychologie et Psychothérapie, Enfants et adolescents
Suissesse née en argentine de parents italiens. Formation de base en psychologie clinique à l’Université de genève. Formation post-grade dans différents services scolaires et au SUPEA de Lausanne (1980-1990). Expérience de 40 ans en psychologie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent et de 35 ans en psychothérapie. Depuis 1997 Claudia Jankech reçoit de très nombreux enfants et adolescents HPI dans son cabinet à Lausanne Elle s’est toujours intéressée aux enfants différents (allophones, handicapés mentaux, enfants dys, HPI, Tdah, Ted).

Elke SchlaeppiTomatis Consultant Centre d’Ecoute et de Santé “Fleur” Sàrl.
Elke Schlaeppi was born in Bremen, Germany, where she studied and received diplomas in Social Pedagogy and Natural Medicine. She then worked in a federal institution for youngsters with life difficulties before moving to Switzerland where she studied Eriksonian Hypnosis, Rogerian Person-centered Therapy and gained a Masters in Clinical Caycedian Sophrology. She was personally trained by Dr Tomatis in Audio-Psycho-Phonology / Tomatis Method and founded the Tomatis Listening Centre, Rolle, where she has been Director & Consultant for 18 years. She recognizes the Tomatis Method as an excellent way to help children and adults with learning difficulties find their sense of life by connecting to their inner wisdom. Her interest is to help others through listening which opens the consciousness, allowing people to become fully-functioning human beings.


Marsha StaubliTomatis Consultant Centre d’Ecoute et de Santé “Fleur” Sàrl.
Marsha Staubli first studied Languages and International Relations (BA). After gaining her MBA, she worked in international marketing and taught at the university level. Her second career began after her children went to school; she graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling Psychology before studying Systemic Therapy. She works as an independent psychologist and consultant in the Tomatis Listening Centre, Rolle (since completion of her Tomatis training in 2007). The Tomatis Method helps people reconnect to their inner selves by honing their listening skills. Marsha’s personal goal is to help all children and adults rediscover their love for learning and reach their full potential.


Valentina Nikolic, BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons)Centre Director, Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre, London, UK
Valentina Nikolic is the Centre Director at the Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre in London, England, where she works with hundreds of families to improve their children’s reading and language comprehension skills. She began her career as a Clinician at the Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre in 2008, where she provided sensory-cognitive instruction for children and adults with a variety of learning needs, including students with Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorders from all around the world. Ms. Nikolic holds a Masters of Science degree with Honours in Applied Social Science and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology from the Royal Holloway University of London.

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