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The ACCESS Program is designed to teach life long learning beyond the classroom, to meet the needs of young adults from 17 years and up, diagnosed with learning, intellectual, and developmental difficulties. The program is available in full and part-time options.
ACCESS offers opportunities for young adults with differential learning needs to learn socially significant goals within the community. It provides young adults with individualized instruction using evidence-based practices and evolves based on the available data. The specialized program team, are committed to ensuring our young adults receive a program that is grounded in scientific support and adheres to international standards of best practice.
Focusing on socialization with same-age peers and community involvement, the ACCESS Summer Club is an opportunity to practice social, organization and planning skills within the local community. Activities include social skills sessions, culinary objectives, community service opportunities, and community outings. Participants will also enjoy fun excursions to cities nearby Geneva (Annecy and Montreux) and be given additional opportunities for socialization, developing friendships, and increased physical activity.
Making and playing with friends are two things that children do naturally and are skills that we ordinarily take for granted. Yet for many children with special needs and related learning differences, these two aspects of childhood do not come easily. The effects of specific learning differences may, in fact, preclude children from interacting appropriately with their peers. They are challenged to acquire the “unspoken” rules of social behavior and poor self-esteem, low frustration tolerance and problems with anger and/or aggression are a constant source of concern for parents and teachers.
ASK Bilingual Camp is an inclusive summer program, dedicated to offering a special haven for children and young adults aged 3-17 who have Learning Differences and Special Educational Needs. The fully integrated programme allows children to develop their social skills, creativity and learning through fun games and activities, which are structured according to age and their skill level. Our highly qualified staff include psychologists, experienced specialist teachers, counselors, speech therapists, ABA therapists, art therapist, music therapist and a nurse.
We offer individual CBT sessions for children and young adults with additional needs, who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, low self-esteem, exclusion and/or difficulties with relationships.. The sessions offer the participants opportunities to explore their personal challenges and to learn the skills to manage their emotions, actions, and thoughts.
Our Early Intervention Program is a parent-led program focused on developing parent capacity to teach their child social, cognitive and language skills. Following an initial consultation with the team, a bespoke individualized program will be designed for your child, and you will be directly trained and supported to deliver the program with your child.
ASK provide independent psycho-educational 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 strives to empower parents to face the daily challenge of helping their son/daughter 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. During the consultation, specific issues faced by the child and family can be discussed and general guidance provided. Parents seeking a consultation will meet with a psychologist with experience supporting children and adults with different learning needs.
Please note that it is possible to have two kinds of consultation at ASK : Informative consultation for parents and Parent-Child Consultation.
Children with additional learning needs can sometimes develop behaviors that are considered challenging or problematic for their social inclusion. When children engage in such behaviors, they can find themselves being excluded from their social communities (e.g., school or clubs). Without
support, some of these issues worsen and lead to problems with other mental health issues, such as anxiety.
Behavioral Psychologists work to identify the underlying causes and triggers of the problematic behavior and design function matched support plans to teach more adaptive skills and thereby, reduce the behavior of concern. This is achieved through Positive Behavior Support.
ASK Social Skills Program is an inclusive after-school program designed to help children and adolescents who regularly struggle with social interactions and how to read social cues. ASK Social Skills Program aims to help children and adolescents develop the skills they need in order to improve their ability to relate to others.
The program is open to Preschool Children and School Aged Children starting in January. A program for adolescents will be starting in February.
The “how to tackle” series is a practical, strategy-based workshop series which will involve a “training” element and a follow-up session, based on the parent’s experiences at home.
Each workshop will be delivered during 1 hour, in-person session and then a follow-up hour session to troubleshoot on any potential issues encountered by the family and to celebrate parent successes!
The following are the topics for the first series of the how-to tackle series: