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ASK Seminar Series


ASK- All Special Kids is committed to building collaborative relationships with schools to share the responsibility of helping children and young adults with a learning difference and special educational needs (SEN) reach their full potential and become active and productive citizens. ASK Seminar Series is designed to offer teachers and educators classroom strategies and learning tools by focusing on SEN topics and relevant research findings by experts in the field of education and Specific Learning Difficulties.

Benefits of attending ASK Seminars

ASK seminars allow educators, teachers, and specialists:

  • to fulfill their annual professional development requirements
  • face-to-face interaction with the specialist speakers; to ask for and receive specific advice regarding the problems and challenges they face in their classrooms
  • to participate in interactive activities to aid in practical problem-solving classroom strategies
  • professional networking opportunities, to exchange ideas and teaching strategies amongst peers
  • to receive additional professional resources, teaching tools, and reading materials
  • a certificate of attendance to those who complete the seminar presentation in its entirety

School-based Interventions for Secondary School Students with ADHD

by Prof. Steven Evans, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research, Ohio University


  • Attendees will understand best practices for identifying the impairment associated with the ADHD that can be used for determining how to help these students succeed.
  • Attendees will learn the variety of approaches available to help adolescents with ADHD and be able to identify those with evidence supporting their benefit, interventions that appear to have minimal benefit, and those that have not yet been adequately evaluated.
  • Attendees will understand the barriers and advantages for providing interventions in schools compared to other settings.


Adolescents with ADHD experience many challenges associated with being successful at school. They exhibit serious academic and social impairment that can increase their risk for problematic behaviors such as substance use, delinquency, dropping out of school, and failing grades. Teachers and other school professionals are in an ideal situation to help these students. This presentation will inform attendees about how best to help adolescents with ADHD and determine appropriate and effective school-based interventions. Although many interventions are available, this presentation will inform professionals about which are the most likely to be helpful and how they can be feasibly implemented in the school setting.

Prof. Steven W. Evans

Who is Professor Steven W. Evans?

Dr. Evans is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools at Ohio University.

He is a clinical psychologist and former public school teacher who conducts intervention development and evaluation research to learn the most effective approaches to helping youth with ADHD and related problems.

Dr. Evans has published five books and over 150 articles and chapters. He is the founding editor of the journal School Mental Health and has developed some of the latest school-based services for adolescents with ADHD.

Practical details

Thursday, November 12th, 2020.

18h30 to 19h45.

Via Zoom.

Register here

ASK members:

1 seminar CHF 40 | Both upcoming seminars CHF 70


1 seminar  CHF 45 | Both upcoming seminars CHF 80

School-Based Intervention for Elementary School Students with ADHD

by Prof. George DuPaul, College of Education, Lehigh University


  • Attendees will understand academic, behavioral, and social impairment associated with ADHD that serve as targets for classroom-based intervention.
  • Attendees will know the variety of treatment approaches available to children with ADHD and be able to identify those with evidence supporting their benefit and those that have not yet been adequately evaluated.
  • Attendees will understand the impact of school treatment for ADHD on student academic
    and behavior functioning


Children with ADHD experience many challenges associated with being successful at school. They exhibit serious academic and social impairment that can increase their risk for failing grades, academic underachievement, peer rejection, and school exclusion. Thus, classroom teachers must be prepared to address these challenges by using evidence-based instructional and behavior management strategies. Although many treatments are available, this presentation will inform school professionals regarding academic and behavior intervention strategies that have research support and are feasible for use by teachers and other school personnel.

Prof. George DuPaul

Who is Prof. George DuPaul?

Dr. George DuPaul is Professor of School Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Lehigh University.

He has been an author or co-author on over 240 journal articles and book chapters as well as 10 books and two videos related to ADHD and pediatric school psychology. Dr. DuPaul was School Psychologist of the Year in Pennsylvania in 1999, was the recipient of the 2008 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and was named to the Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) Hall of Fame in 2008.

Practical details

Friday, November 13th, 2020.

18h30 to 19h45.

Via Zoom.

Register here

ASK members:

1 seminar CHF 40 | Both upcoming seminars CHF 70


1 seminar  CHF 45 | Both upcoming seminars CHF 80

Understanding Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties:
making sense of fractions, measurement and data

This talk considers how to teach fractions and measurement by using multi-sensory methods. There will be suggestions for practical ideas for modelling, talking, drawing and writing about fractions, measurement and data to help pupils develop competence and confidence when working with data.

Fractions, decimals and percentages are different ways of expressing the same idea – the part-whole relationship.  Before they embark on fraction work, pupils need a sound understanding of whole numbers and how they relate to each other.  They also need to understand the relationship between discrete (counting) numbers and continuous (measuring) numbers. The number line is the basis of all measurement which plays a key role in the way that data is gathered and then presented in graphs. The number line is also an invaluable tool for working with fractions.

Seminar objectives:

  • Provide practical ideas for teaching fractions and measurement using multi-sensory methods
  • Develop an understanding and reasoning based approach to using fractions and measurement to convey and interpret data

Presented by Patricia Babtie
Dyscalculia consultant, lecturer and author


Patricia Babtie is an SEN teacher, lecturer and author who specialises in dyscalculia and numeracy difficulties. She has taught adults as well as working at Emerson House, a specialist centre in London, and in state and independent schools. She is particularly interested in devising ways to integrate SEN interventions into classroom teaching.

Patricia is co-author, with Jane Emerson, of the teaching books The Dyscalculia Assessment and The Dyscalculia Solution: Teaching number sense as well as Understanding Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties: a guide for parents, teachers and other professionals.  A new book called 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Numeracy Difficulties and Dyscalculia is to be released later this year.

Patricia has worked with Emeritus Professor Brian Butterworth and other researchers at London University to try to integrate the findings from educational neuroscience into effective numeracy teaching, as well as collaborating on a project run by Professor Diana Laurillard of the London Knowledge Lab to the develop digital games and activities to improve basic numeracy.

Practical details

18h30 to 21h30 – Registration at 18h

Wednesday March 29th 2017
Webster University, LLC Hall, Commons Rm
Route de Collex 15, Bellevue, GENEVA
Register for the Geneva session of this seminar

ASK members CHF170,
Non-members CHF200
(service fee of CHF25 for at the door registrations)

Sensory Processing Difficulties: a ‘Neurological Traffic Jam’

Sensory processing describes the way we receive and interpret the incoming stimuli to our body’s 7 sensory structures; proprioception, vestibular, vision, auditory, tactile, olfactory and gustatory systems. These systems work together to help us to interpret the plethora of sensory stimuli we receive each day. Although sensory processing is typical to all, there are an increasing number of children and young people who have inconsistent organisation of sensory input, whereby incoming information becomes exacerbated, reduced or confused (neurological traffic jam) and their subsequent reactions may appear inappropriate and impede their educational progress.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To understand how sensory dysfunction can impact on functioning
  • Utilising theories of sensory Integration to explain this imbalance
  • Resources, strategies and interventions that can be used to alleviate the distress caused by an out-of-synch sensory system,
  • Teaching self-regulation where appropriate.

Presented by Lois Addy
MA (Ed) BSc (Hons) Psych. Dip COT SROT, SI-UK

c-Lois_Addy-red250Lois Addy is an independent consultant and trainer as well as the Lead for Cognition and Learning in North Yorkshire, the largest county in the UK. She coordinates a team of services for children and young people with additional learning needs aged between 0-25. This covers over 250 early years providers and 400 schools. She has over 34 years’ experience in working with children with SEN. She has a particular interest in sensory processing differences and how this impacts on student’s attention/concentration, and also their social, emotional and mental health. Her book ‘How to Support Pupils with Sensory Processing Needs’ was published in June 2016 by LDA Learning.

Lois is co-author of the Write from the Start; Perceptual-Motor Handwriting Programme, and Making Inclusion Work for Children with Dyspraxia: Practical Strategies for Teachers. She is author of the Speed-Up! kinaesthetic handwriting programme, Write Said Ted (pre-school handwriting programme), How to Understand and Support children with Dyspraxia’, Get Physical!’  (a Physical Education programme, which won the TES/NASEN Teaching and Learning book of the year in 2006), How to Increase the Potential of Students with DCD (Dyspraxia) in Secondary School, How to Understand and Apply Reforms in SEN Policy, and How to Identify and Overcome Handwriting Difficulties. She is a contributor to Developing School Provision for Children with Dyspraxia. She is also editor of Occupational Therapy Evidence in Practice for Physical Rehabilitation.

Effective practice in the education of pupils with autism:
How to meet their needs

Dr Guldberg will talk about key findings emerging from current research on educational practice for children with autism and will outline the implications of these findings for practice in schools. Through an interactive and practical approach, she will focus on the essential components of good autism practice and will draw out what this means in terms of the understanding, knowledge and skills needed by practitioners and parents. Karen will also give a brief introduction to the Autism Education Trust national integrated professional development programme to transform autism education in England, which has provided professional development to over 100,000 school staff. This programme comprises three levels of training, a set of National Standards and a Competency Framework for practitioners. She will give participants guidelines about where to find a range of accessible and useful resources to support them in their practice.

Seminar Objectives

  • To outline key findings from current research into educational provision and practice
  • To highlight the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by practitioners in good autism practice
  • To encourage interactive and practical discussion of good autism educational practice through demonstration, practical work and video clips
  • To introduce a variety of resources and places to find information to support practice

Presented by Dr. Karen Guldberg

c-Karen_Guldberg-250bDr Karen Guldberg is Senior Lecturer in Autism Studies and Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) University of Birmingham, UK. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Karen conducts real-world research in the classroom, with a focus on pedagogy, social learning and the specific learning needs of children with autism. She has led several research projects working in partnership with schools, practitioners and parents to research technology use and the learning arising from this. Karen has been involved in producing a number of online training resources for educators as well as health practitioners. She led the development of the content for the Autism Education Trust partnership school-based training and has recently led the adaptation of this to Early Years. Over 100,000 school staff have to date received this training. Karen is now leading an Erasmus Plus strategic partnership (2014-2017) called ‘Transform Autism Education’ to research good autism educational practice in Greece and Italy in order to i) better understand the cultural context for barriers to inclusion and ii) identify and promote good outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Autism Centre for Education and Research
Transform Autism Education

Enabling literacy learners to work with greater independence
through the use of assistive technology

Reading and writing are unnatural skills that demand the co-ordination of numerous parts of the brain.  Without sufficient fluency, achieved through automization of some tasks, the purpose of the reading or writing task is unlikely to be fulfilled.  This can result in a sense of frustration and failure.  Assistive technology can offer the user support and a sense of independence while successfully reading or writing.  Teachers need to be knowledgeable advisors and trainers in the use of assistive technology to help ensure learners experience success rather than failure.

Seminar Objectives:

  • To clarify the rationale for employing assistive technology with those who struggle with literacy skills
  • To introduce a variety of ways in which text-to-speech software can be employed to support dyslexic learners
  • To demonstrate speech recognition software and provide detailed guidance on the provision of quality training for dyslexic users
  • To consider the use of assistive technology as access arrangements in examinations
  • To provide information about both free and commercial assistive software

Presented by Malcolm Litten
B.A. Hons, Dip. Ed., M.Phil

c-Malcom_Litten250-bMalcolm Litten is an independent consultant who currently lectures and conducts seminars and workshops.  He tutors and trains teachers at Bath Spa University, tutors individual pupils, and trains a variety of people to use speech recognition software.  This has included working in Dubai, India, South Africa and Switzerland.  He is a member of the British Dyslexia Association’s New Technologies Committee, engaged in providing up-to-date information, advice and evaluating new assistive software products.

Malcolm worked for over 40 years as an English teacher, half of that time at Mark College, a specialist school for dyslexic pupils established by Dr Steve Chinn.  Early on in his time at Mark College, he realised the importance of features of computer technology, such as spell checkers and text-to-speech software, as a means of providing support for dyslexics in their reading and writing.  This was explored in his thesis for his M. Phil.  Later, he developed the use of speech recognition software with pupils, working with innovators of additional software to support dyslexic users.

He aims to spread good practice in the use of assistive technology much more widely because he believes it will make a significant difference to dyslexics’ experience of education and what they are able to achieve.

He has produced a book called ‘Writer’s Wordstore’ designed to help children develop their creative use of language by providing lists of appropriate vocabulary alongside photographic and poetic stimuli.