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ASK Annual Conference Archive

The ASK Annual Conference* is…

A one-stop resource for parents, educators and specialists

  • A forum for decision-makers in the field of Education to come together to exchange information and share resources on special educational needs
  • To promote increased co-operation and understanding amongst parents, schools and specialist professionals
  • To increase parental and professional awareness of services available within the community

* Prior to 2016 the ASK Annual Conference was ASK’s Information Day, which was one-day event.

I think your lineup of conference speakers were very interesting and what you do for the children with special learning differences is amazing and important! Keep up the good work.
I would like to thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to present our work. It is so nice to be able to meet people like you who are open to new approaches. Despite of the progress on the treatment of special needs, that you have well mentioned in your opening speech, there is still need for good innovative ideas that can help our children. Thank you so much as a professional and also as a mom of two very special kids.
My kids were beautifully taken care of and when I asked them how much fun they had (out of 5) one said 7 and the other two said ‘infinity’ – please pass this on to your team. I’m already recommending you to people I know and will certainly hope to attend again next year. Thank you again on behalf of all parents of our beautiful, special children.
Many thanks indeed for letting me have an opportunity to participate and get exposed to incredibly interesting and motivating people. You are doing a great and needed job indeed! I would definitely interested to participate in the Info day next year.
I have run many events of this size and I know exactly how much work it involves and I was totally amazed that you manage to offer something so professional and so much great content for such a low price, especially knowing that you are staffed by volunteers. I was really impressed on every level and congratulate you on such an incredible event. You should be very proud of your work!
I enjoyed the day. I think that every moment that I can consecrate to promoting support of mothers with special kids is a worthwhile moment.

ASK Annual Conference 2017

Neuroscience & Education Neurosciences et de l’éducation

6 & 7 October, 2017 – Professional Training Courses   •  Conference Programme


  • Pascal Duc  enseignant et formateur (Lettres, ASH), ESPE de Grenoble (Grenoble-Alpes Université)
  • PD Dr. sc. nat. Karin Kucian Neuroscientist at the Center for MR-Research University Children’s Hospital Zurich
  • Chloë Marshall Professor of Psychology, Language and Education, UCL Institute of Education, London
  • Sean Power President of the Geneva Association of Private Schools
  • Dr Irina Schurov Neuroscientist and Founder of LiveRigh, Autism and Nutrition Consultant
  • Professor Dr. Elsbeth Stern, ETH ETH Zürich
    Director of the teacher education program, Professor of Learning and Instruction
  • Professor Michael S. C. Thomas Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Joy Tong Founder of ASK

Workshop Presenters

Professional Development Lectures

  • entre dyslexie et haut potentiel : quelles approches anticiper pour accueillir au mieux ce type d’enfants à besoin particulier dans les classes ? Aspects relationnels et pédagogiques
    par Pascal Duc
  • entre dyslexie et haut-potentiel: l’abord de contenus didactiques pour les plus grands (de l’enseignement primaire à l’université: quelques pistes / échanges) par Pascal Duc
  • Educational Neuroscience: Neuromyths and Neurohits in the Education of Children with Special Educational Needs by Prof. Chloë Marshall
  • The Neuroscience of Math: Bridging Brain Research to Math Learning by Dr. Karin Kucian


  • Opening Speech – Sean Power
    Directeur Général, Institut Florimont and President of AGEP
  • Educational Neuroscience – Insights into Brain Function to Shape Educational Practices – How can it Help Children with Special Educational Needs?
    By Professor Michael S. C. Thomas, Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Coping with Diversity in Science and Mathematics Classes
    By Professor Dr. Elsbeth Stern, ETH Zürich, Director of the Teacher Education Program, Professor of Learning and Instruction
  • The Dynamic Brain: How Neuroplasticity can help Children to Maximise their Learning Capacity
    By Dr Irina Schurov, Neuroscientist and Founder of LiveRight, Autism and Nutrition Consultant
  • Dyscalculia from Brain to Education
    By PD Dr. sc. nat. Karin Kucian, Neuroscientist at the Center for MR-Research, University Children’s Hospital Zurich
  • Closing Speech
    by Alan Mudie, ASK chairman of the Board


  • La famille, berceau émotionnel indispensable pour l’enfant” Emotion et Education,Claudia Jankech
    Spécialiste FSP Psychologie et Psychothérapie, Enfants et adolescents
  • Introducing “The DNA Nourishing Programme” –The Effective way to Achieve Focus and Concentration,Dr. Irina Schurov, Neuroscientist,  Nutrition & Health Consultant, Autism Coach
  • My Child is Different What should I do? Where should I start?  How to navigate the Swiss and Geneva social security and Assurance invalidité (disability benefits).,Patricia Bell, A mother and legal guardian of an autistic/Asperger son
  • Neuroscience of Communication: Correct Auditory Processing, Learning and Listening Integrators,Marsha Staubli & Elke Schlaeppi , Tomatis Consultants, Centre d’Ecoute et de Santé “Fleur” Sàrl.
  • Un enfant pas comme les autres – que faire? Où commencer? Comment naviguer les systèmes suisse et genevois de sécurité social et d’assurance invalidité,Patricia Bell, mère et tutrice d’un fils autiste/asperger
  • The Imagery-Language Connection: Teaching All Children to Read and Comprehend,Valentina Nikolic, BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons), Centre Director, Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre

ASK Annual Conference 2016

Dyslexia and The Big Picture: Promoting The Positive

November 4-5, 2016


Professional Development Lectures

  • Preventing Reading Failure with Screening and Intervention; Theory into Practice by Prof. Angela Fawcett
  • Les enfants à haut potentiel : les connaître pour adapter la pédagogie (théories et exemples) by Maria Pereira da Costa
  • The Effective Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning: Tools and strategies to turn failure into success for school and life by Prof. Rod Nicolson
  • Les Enfants à Haut Potentiel : Modèles Développementaux, Styles Psychologiques et Bilans Pédagogiques by Maria Pereira da Costa


  • Opening Speech – Positive about Dyslexia: a Personal Perspective and Dyslexia-Friendly Education
    by Dr. Kate Saunders President of British Dyslexia Association
  • Positive Dyslexia, Talent Diversity and the Dyslexia Decathlon of Strengths for 21st Century Success
    by Roderick I. Nicolson, Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Vers une Meilleure Prévention de la Dyslexie: le Rôle de l’intervention Précoce
    par Professor Pascal Eric Zesiger, Professeur de Psychologie, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences de l’Education, Université de Genève
  • Procedural Learning Deficit, Delayed Neural Commitment and Strengths in Dyslexia
    by Emeritus Professor Angela Fawcett , Swansea University, honorary professor University of Sheffield, author of DEST/DST screening tests
  • How Dyslexia-Friendly is the Swiss Educational System?
    by Robin Hull , Principal of Hull’s School, Zurich


ASK Annual Information Day 2015

Saturday 7th November 2015 – ASK Information Day 2015 Programme

‘Children with Different Learning Needs, including High Potential –
How Can we Help them Flourish?’
Les enfants à besoins éducatifs particuliers, y compris les enfants à haut potentiel: comment les aider à s’épanouir?


  • Maria Pereira da Costa
    Vice-chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Université Paris V Descartes, Researcher in the field of High Potential Children
  • Dr Deirdre MacIntyre
    Clinical psychologist & co-founder of the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe
  • Maja Perret-Catipovic
    Director, Clinical psychology Dept, Office Médico-Pédagogique (OMP) Genève
  • Claudia Jankech
    Caretta specialist FSP in Child and Adolescent psychology
  • Jennifer Armstrong
    Principal of Primary, La Châtaigneraie, International School of Geneva
  • Rebecca Tyrrell
    Head of Support Services, Primary School, La Châtaigneraie, International School of Geneva


  • Integration of students with Different Learning Needs and High Potential
  • Differences and similarities among High Potential Children
  • Results from current research on High Potential Children
  • Resilience and Positive Psychology for Diverse Learners
  • Public/private sector – current initiatives to support Different Learning Needs including High Potential


  • Les outils adaptés pour les aider dans leur quotidien: l’éducation positive, l’école inclusive, la pédagogie différenciée, les intelligences multiples (Howard Gardner), la pédagogie positive, la classe inversée. Le mieux-être en classe et à la maison – in French
    Présentatrice: Hélène Ribeiro
  • Finding the school that best suits the particular needs of your child – in English
    Presenter: Dr Patrick Fullick
  • Padovan’s Neurofunctional Reorganisation: A Sensory Integration Approach for All Special Kids – in English
    Presenter: Dr Milene Russelakis-Carneiro Wijnands
  • How Listening Re-education Can Benefit Children with Learning Differences – in English
    Presenter: Marsha Staubli and Elke Schlaeppi
  • Le quotidien des enfants HP à l’école: une description de la journée d’enfants à haut potentiel dans une école ordinaire: difficultés et décalages – Quelles adaptations proposer, quand doit-on changer l’enfant de système scolaire – in French
    Présentatrice: Eve-Marie Grivel
  • Nourishing and Healing Children with Autism – in English
    Presenter: Dr Irina Schurov
  • Living on a different planet – in English
    Presenter: Kate Lindley Scheidegger, Ph.D.
  • La méthode Padovan : aider les enfants “DYS” à travers le mouvement en exploitant la plasticité neuronale, une propriété du système nerveux central – in French
    Présentatrices: Yaël Coblentz et Pauline Murat
  • Building Resilience, Confidence and Success with SOPHROLOGY
    Presenter: Annette Ebbinghaus

Information Stands