Conference 2018 – Speakers

Conference 2018 – Speakers2018-11-19T16:33:25+01:00
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Conference Speakers

Sean PowerPresident of the Geneva Association of Private Schools
Sean Power is the Director General of Institut Florimont since 2004 and the current President of the Geneva Association of Private Schools (AGEP). Following his university studies in London and Lyon, Sean Power arrived in Geneva in 1986 and has lived here 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. 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. Sean is married and the father of two boys.

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.

Prof. Steven W. EvansProfessor of Psychology, Co-Director, Center for Intervention Research in Ohio Schools
Steven W. Evans, Ph.D. – Dr. Evans is a professor of psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research at Ohio University. He is also the founding editor of the School Mental Health Journal. Prior to his career as a clinical psychologist he has a special education teacher and has maintained a consistent focus on schools throughout his career. Dr. Evans has over 150 publications and is one of the leading researchers studying psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD.

Prof. Stephan EliezProfessor, Faculty of Medicine and General Director of Child Psychiatry and Special Education, Office Médico-Pédagogique Geneva
He did his medical studies and began his clinical training in child psychiatry in Geneva. To complete his training in the field of neuroscience, he went to Stanford University in California, where he remained for five years. He is specialized in the use of new brain imaging techniques. He uses these methods to better understand the link between structure and cerebral functioning, difficulties in learning and psychological disorders in children, particularly children with 22q11 deletion syndrome and autism.
Professeur, Faculté de Médecine, Département de Psychiatrie, Université de Genève & Directeur général Office Médico-Pédagogique, Département de l’instruction publique, Genève

Stephan Eliez a effectué ses études de médecine et le début de sa formation clinique en pédopsychiatrie à Genève. Afin de compléter sa formation dans le domaine des neurosciences, il part en Californie, à l’Université de Stanford où il restera de 1997 à 2001. Il se spécialise dans l’utilisation des nouvelles techniques d’imagerie cérébrale. Il met ces méthodes à contribution pour mieux comprendre le lien entre structure et fonctionnement cérébral, difficultés des apprentissages et troubles psychologiques chez les enfants. Professeur à la Faculté de médecine, Département de psychiatrie, de l’Université de Genève, il partage aujourd’hui ses activités entre la direction générale de l’Office médico-pédagogique de Genève, la recherche et l’enseignement, ainsi que la direction générale de la Fondation Pôle Autisme.

Aurélie BOCHETPhD student at the Research Unit of Office Médico-Pédagogique and medical doctor at Centre de Consultation Spécialisé en Autisme (Fondation Pôle Autisme)
Aurélie Bochet studied medicine at the University of Geneva. Due to her interest in neurodevelopmental disorders, she began a career combining clinical training at the Centre de Consultation Spécialisé en Autisme and neuroscience research. Since October 2018, and following a prestigious scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), she has been doing her PhD in neuroscience at the Research Unit of the Office Médico-Pédagogique in Geneva. Her work aims to understand the co-morbidity between autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit in children.

Aurélie Bochet a effectué ses études de médecine à l’université de Genève. Intéressée depuis longtemps par les troubles neurodéveloppementaux, elle débute une carrière alliant formation clinique au sein du Centre de Consultation Spécialisé en Autisme et recherche en neurosciences. Depuis octobre 2018 et suite à l’obtention d’une bourse prestigieuse du Fond National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique (FNS), elle effectue son PhD en neuroscience au sein de l’unité de recherche de l’Office Médico-Pédagogique à Genève. Son travail vise à la compréhension de la comorbidité entre les troubles du spectre de l’autisme et le déficit d’attention chez les enfants.

Prof. Saskia Van der OordAssociate Professor, Research group Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Prof.dr Saskia van der Oord is an Associate Professor at the Research group Clinical Psychology of the KU Leuven. Her research is mainly focused on ADHD in children and adolescents. Additionally she is a behaviour therapist and has ample experience in behavioural treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD.

Daniela BrustolinPresident ASPEDAH
Plus de 25 ans de pratique professionnelle dans le monde de l`entreprise, où je me suis spécialisée dans la formation d’Adultes et où J’occupe actuellement un poste de responsable pédagogique dans une structure associative comptant plus de 120 enseignants. Nous formons quelque 1500 étudiants chaque année, des cours de base jusqu’aux filières fédérales. En effet, le trouble TDAH diagnostiqué à ma fille, puis à mon époux m’ont amenée à collaborer au sein de l’ASEPDAH. Aujourd’hui en qualité de présidente d’une association qui œuvre pour la reconnaissance et le soutien des personnes touchées par le TDAH, je mobile mes ressources afin d’apporter avec mon équipe des prestations adaptées aux attentes et besoins de nos membres. Les défis sont de taille car depuis quelques années, les demandes sont en constante recrudescence.

Alan Mudie ASK Chairman of the Board
Alan and Evelyn joined ASK in 2006 as parent members. Evelyn regularly assists with editing ASK communications and Alan became chairman of ASK’s board in 2014. Their commitment to supporting ASK is driven by their son David’s needs. Alan has been Head of Investment Strategy for Société Générale Private Banking and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of SGPB Switzerland since 2014. Alan has many years of experience in investment management and strategy. He moved to Geneva in 1993 and since then has held senior posts at BNP Paribas, including as CIO of BNP Paribas International Private Bank, at Syz & Co. as CEO of Oyster Funds, and more recently at Union Bancaire Privée as CIO Private Banking. Alan and Evelyn have two children, David and his elder sister Elizabeth.

English Professional Development Lecturers

Prof. Steven W. EvansProfessor of Psychology, Co-Director, Center for Intervention Research in Schools Ohio University
Steven W. Evans, Ph.D. – Dr. Evans is a professor of psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools at Ohio University. He is also the founding editor of the journal School Mental Health. Prior to his career as a clinical psychologist he was a special education teacher and has maintained a consistent focus on schools throughout his career. Dr. Evans has over 150 publications and is one of the leading researchers studying psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD. 

Prof. Saskia Van der OordAssociate Professor, Research group Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Prof.dr Saskia van der Oord is an Associate Professor at the Research group Clinical Psychology of the KU Leuven. Her research is mainly focused on ADHD in children and adolescents. Additionally she is a behaviour therapist and has ample experience in behavioural treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD.

Lois M AddyIndependent Lecturer and Consultant in SEND. MSc (Ed), BSc (Psych), Dip Cot, SROT, SI-UK
Lois Addy is an independent SEND advisor and lecturer, teaching both nationally and internationally.  She was the Lead for Cognition and Learning for North Yorkshire County Council, and formerly lectured at York St John University and York University. She has over 36 years’ experience in working with children with SEND and has written numerous books including ‘How to Support Children with Sensory Processing Needs’.

French Professional Development Lecturers

Nathalie ArbourConseillère en services adaptés cégep de Saint-Jérôme
Nathalie Arbour est orthopédagogue de formation. Elle a débuté en tant qu’enseignante en classe d’adaptation scolaire au primaire et secondaire, ensuite elle a poursuivi sa carrière en orthopédagogie et a été conseillère pédagogique et orthopédagogue-conseil au sein d’une commission scolaire. Depuis 2012, elle est conseillère en services adaptés au collège de Saint-Jérôme auprès de la clientèle étudiante jeune adulte et se spécialise principalement au niveau des troubles d’apprentissage, du trouble du déficit de l’attention avec/sans hyperactivité (TDAH) et des aides technologiques. Dans ses présentes fonctions, elle soutient les étudiants en situation de handicap, analyse leurs besoins en vue d’émettre des accommodements qui pallient leurs difficultés. Elle offre des formations aux étudiants sur le fonctionnement des aides technologiques ainsi qu’au réseau collégial par le biais de l’Association pour les applications pédagogiques de l’ordinateur au postsecondaire (APOP).

Dans son parcours, elle a effectué des conférences au colloque TDAH Partout Pareil, à Lyon, en juin dernier. De plus, elle a également offert des conférences lors des colloques internationaux francophones sur le TDAH de Bordeaux, de Bruxelles et de Lausanne de 2014 à 2018 ainsi qu’au colloque annuel et bilingue des professionnels de l’enseignement de TA@l’école en 2016 qui se déroule à Toronto.

Sébastien HenrardM.D., Neuropsychologie du TDAH
Il est psychologue spécialisé en neuropsychologie. Après un Master en psychologie et sciences de l’éducation avec une orientation en psychologie cognitive, il s’est orienté vers la recherche (épilepsie, fonctionnement attentionnel et exécutif). En parallèle à ce parcours de recherche, il a consulté dans un premier temps au Centre Universitaire de Consultations Psychologiques (CUCP) de Mons avant d’ouvrir et diriger un centre pluridisciplinaire (Le centre de l’attention) autour des troubles neurodéveloppementaux (troubles de l’apprentissage, tdah, autisme, retard mental …). Il a également poursuivi sa formation en réalisant un diplome universitaire de 2 ans à Paris Descartes (Diagnostic et Prises en charge du TDAH) ainsi qu’une brève formation à la State University of New York sur ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students.

Razan RakhaOrthopedagogist, Family & ADHD specialist; Orthopedagogue, Speciaiste en Parentalité & TDAH
Razan Rakha est une doctorante à l’UQAM au département d’éducation et de formation spécialisée. Elle a une maîtrise en orthopédagogie, et elle pratique sa profession auprès des enfants et des jeunes adultes. Razane est une chercheuse dans le domaine du TDA/H, elle s’intéresse aux pratiques éducatives parentales et au coaching parental des parents d’enfant TDAH. Conférencière, elle a partagé la problématique de sa recherche dans plusieurs colloques et conférences autour du Québec et maintenant à Genève.

English Workshop Presenters

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.

Aurore BuiCEO of Softweb, Founder of Soft-Space
Aurore is a social innovation consultant and the founder and CEO of Softweb, a social incubator based in Geneva (Switzerland) and the founder of Soft-Space, the first kids-friendly coworking space in Switzerland. After a first career in management consulting and IT, she specialized in social innovation, aiming at supporting high impact projects using innovative methodologies. She advises individuals, companies and non-profit organizations on how to foster social innovation and engage them in a meaningful and impactful way. Aurore is the proud mother of Fantine (6 years old) and Elouan (8 years old) and is a trained practitioner of the Mindful Up program developed by Jeanne Siaud-Facchin, a French psychologist specialized with HP adults and kids. She speaks in various events on empowerment, mindfulness and social change.

Aurore est une consultante d’innovation sociale, et la fondatrice et PDG de Softweb, un incubateur social qui est situé à Genève. Elle est aussi la fondatrice de Soft-web, le premier espace co-working en Suisse qui est adapté aux enfants. Après sa première carrière en conseil en gestion et informatique, elle est spécialisée en l’innovation sociale, visant au soutien des projets de fort impact en utilisant les méthodologies innovantes.

Elaine FranceFounder of Flow in Action
Elaine is the Founder of Flow In Action, a social business focused on empowering children and youth to be happy global citizens making positive change happen. Through her programmes, events, coaching and training she builds wellbeing, resilience and entrepreneur mind-set. She has 20+ years of proven leadership, operational and strategic expertise in social change solutions working across government advisory, public sector, social enterprise/NGO and social business.
Specialities: Innovation Thinking, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Resilience, Wellbeing, Positive Education, Strategy, Product/Programme Development

Marsha Staubli Tomatis Consultant and Psychologist
Marsha first studied languages and international relations (BA). After completing her MBA she worked in international marketing and taught at the university level. Her second career began after her children went to school and she graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, then studied Systemic Therapy. After completing the Tomatis training in Paris in 2007 she has worked in the Tomatis Listening Center in Rolle.

Debbie GilmoreExecutive Director, Arrowsmith Program
Debbie is the Executive Director of Arrowsmith Program, starting in this position in August 2014. Prior to that, she worked for 18 months as the Arrowsmith Program representative in Australia & New Zealand. Debbie first heard about the Arrowsmith Program when she was Head of Diverse Learning Needs at the Catholic Education Office in Sydney which opened the first Arrowsmith Program in January 2013. Debbie knew that students with learning difficulties needed more support in schools. Her work as a teacher, literacy adviser, assistant principal, and principal helped her understand the need to ‘unlock’ the potential of these students. Her role as a mother of a son with learning difficulties gave her first-hand experience of the struggles of these individuals. After spending a year in Peterborough, Canada where her son commenced his Arrowsmith journey at Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s Arrowsmith School, she saw the benefits of the program and the changes to her son’s independence and academic learning. Debbie holds a Masters of Education and various Graduate Certificates in Education in a range of areas of diverse learning.

French Workshop Presenters

Dr. Kate LindleyPsychologist, coach, and narrative therapist
Kate Lindley has grown her practice of working primarily with mothers of children considered “different” over the past nine years while researching for her doctoral thesis on motherhood. For her Ph.D. she conducted interviews with mothers of children diagnosed with ADD in the Swiss-French cantons, analyzing the cultural expectations of mothers and the difficulties they face. Out of this research and her training as a narrative therapist, Dr. Lindley has focused on developing practices which strengthen the mothers’ skills and competencies, which allow them to parent in a more effective and enjoyable way.

Mona DebbasCoach systémique pour Parents d’enfants atypiques
Elle est la mère d’un fils de 21 ans, qui a un trouble de l’attention (TDA), est haut potentiel et dyspraxique, dysgraphique, dysorthographique, qui fait aujourd’hui des études d’ingénieur… Et a été architecte EPFL indépendante pendant plus de 15 ans. Elle a participé pas à pas à l’évolution de son fils. Ce combat de tous les jours en équipe avec lui lui a ouvert les yeux sur les situations que vivent les familles des enfants atypiques. Elle a donc décidé de se former et depuis 2012, dans sa pratique, elle accompagne et soutient les parents d’enfants atypiques dans leurs difficultés, leur parcours et leur évolution. Pour combattre l’injustice que ces enfants vivent.
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