Speakers from past ASK Annual Conferences
He is also a Trustee of Swiss Alpine High School Davos (SAMD), Vice Chairman of the Swiss Dyslexia Association and curator of the International Aldous Huxley Society.
Nachwort zur deutschen Ausgabe der Perennial Philosophy von Aldous Huxley (Hans Nietsch Verlag 2008)
Fragments of an Evolutionary Psychology (IAHS Annual 2008)
A Practical Approach to Perennial Philosophy (IAHS Annual 2010)
How Swiss teenagers read “Brave New World” (IAHS Annual 2014)
Dr. Kate Saunders is Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association and has worked for over 30 years in the field of education. This has included working as a primary school teacher, supply teacher for severe special educational needs, specialist dyslexia teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), chartered psychologist assessing for SpLD/dyslexia and Senior Dyslexia/SpLD Advisory Teacher for a Local Authority. Dr. Saunders has also worked as a lecturer, tutor and internal examiner on a number of post-graduate dyslexia teacher training/assessment courses and has a PhD in Education. Dr. Saunders is co-editor of ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools: Good Practice Guide’ (2012) published by the British Dyslexia Association, and co-author of ‘How Dyslexics Learn: Grasping the Nettle’ (2002), PATOSS (details at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk). She is dyslexic and has a dyslexic son, and is passionate about the strengths that dyslexic individuals can show.
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.
Pascal Zesiger est professeur ordinaire à la Section de psychologie de la Faculté de psychologie et des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université de Genève. Il est doyen de la Faculté et dirige, avec le Prof. Frauenfelder, la formation de logopédie. Il effectue des recherches portant sur l’acquisition du langage chez le jeune enfant ainsi que sur l’apprentissage de la lecture et de l’orthographe. Il a travaillé en tant que neuropsychologue pour enfants à l’Unité de neuropédiatrie du Département de Pédiatrie du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois.
Professional Development Lecturers
Today, she offers her personal expertise and scientific academic knowledge in the form of consultations and coaching for people who suffer from dietary intolerance. She also offers guidance to healing with a holistic nutritional approach. She has 4 years of experience working with children with learning difficulties and neurological disorders.
She speaks English, French and Spanish.
By building an educational platform about healthy eating habits, by restoring the relationships between people and food, by providing a personalized nutritional support, I want to help many families achieve the optimal balance between health and life.
She has over 15 years of experience as an Educational Therapist (BEd.SpecEd., M.Ed.) in both private practice and International Schools. Motivated by her passion for learning, Diana has expanded her support qualifications enabling her to broaden her focus on the whole child, not only their Specific Learning Difficulties.
Diana supports students in a 1-1 setting in order to personalise sessions to address each individual’s specific needs. She takes on a collaborative approach by identifying and supporting learning difficulties, in addition to identifying and supporting nutritional needs.
When working with International students who have transient lives, Diana is well experienced in supporting changes and helps students adapt to common ‘expat’ challenges. To ensure students have every opportunity to maximize their overall potential she collaborates with other professionals as needed.
She qualified as a teacher in the UK (Surrey University) with a B.Ed (Hons) and a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with the Hornsby Institute. Since then, she has received a Masters in Special Education (2011) and a Masters in Autism Studies (2015) with Griffith University, Brisbane and has recently studied in the US, gaining her IMSLEC qualification through the Hill Centre, North Carolina (2016). She is also undertaking further post-graduate studies in Leadership.
Tricia is a member of the Oak Hill team in Nyon , teaching students (between 8 and 14 years) who have dyslexia and/or ADHD/ADD, reading, writing and maths. She is passionate about the systematic, individualised, structured and research based programme that is used at the school to assist students developing strengths, remediating weaknesses and experiencing success.
At Oak Hill Tricia also presents workshops and seminars to parents and teachers in the local international community.
Rita joined Oak Hill in 2010 and is team leader. Oak Hill offers a half day programme for students with dyslexia and/or AD(H)D and aims to remediate the deficit between cognitive ability and underachievement. She holds certification for Irlen screening, is trained in Reading Recovery and after training in North Carolina, is qualified to deliver the Hill Methodology. The team at Oak Hill regularly present to other professionals and parents at their centre in Nyon.