Parent Corner

ASK strives to empower parents to face the daily challenge of helping their son/daughter find success within the family, school, and community. We invite you to check all programs and services available and if your are a newcomer to Geneva to consult our comprehensive list of local resources and schools in Switzerland. 

Parent Consultation

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

Informative Consultation for Parents is a free video call of 30 mins between you and Dearbhaile Mahon to discuss the programs at ASK that might be of benefit to your son/daughter and/or all family members.

Dearbhaile Mahon: Book online

Please note the meetings will be held in English. For other languages we can arrange a translator and the booking can only be done by contacting info@allspecialkids.org.



 

Parent-Child Consultation 

Parent Consultation offers 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. 

Parents are invited to complete an online information sheet and send available reports in advance of the meeting. These documents help to create an understanding of the child’s goals.

This session is typically 50-60mins in duration.

Dr. Jennifer Holloway: Book online

Please note the meetings will be held in English. For other languages we can arrange a translator and the booking can only be done by contacting info@allspecialkids.org.

 

New!

Parent to Parent ASK Meetups

We are delighted to be able to offer Parent to Parent ASK Meetups for parents. These free events are designed to provide parents with the space to come together and support each other, under the expert guidance of some of our team here at ASK. Our wonderful CBT therapist Tanya Esmeral Henriquez will be running these sessions and has proposed topics such as psychoeducation and evidenced based strategies on how to support your children across various aspects of their lives. The first meeting will be a guided discussion to get your input on the topics that you would like to discuss. Participants will be provided with free tea and coffee, and the opportunity to learn and network with others. Running of the sessions will depend on parent availability to attend. The meetups are being run based on the age group of your child.

Pre-School: Parents of Children Aged 3 – 5: will take place online on the following date:
Wednesday: 4:30-5:30pm | 12th of June | RSVP

School Aged: Parents of Children Aged 6 – 9: will take place at our office on the following date:
Monday: 4:40-5:40 pm | 10th of June | RSVP

Tweens: Parents of Children Aged 10 – 12: will take place at our office on the following dates:
Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30pm | 11th of June | RSVP

Connect: Parents of Children Aged 13 – 16: will take place at our office on the following date:
Thursday: 4:30-5:30pm | 13th of June RSVP

ACCESS: Parents of Young Adults Aged 17 – 30: will take place at our office on the following dates: Mondays: 10:00 – 10.50am| 10th of June | RSVP

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Parent Coffee Mornings

This free event is designed to provide parents with space to come together and support each other, under the expert guidance of some of our team here at ASK. For each event, we will choose a topic for discussion, and our team will discuss strategies to support your child. Participants will be provided with free tea and coffee, and the opportunity to learn and network with others. Our Parent Coffee Mornings will take place on the following dates:

23-24 dates:

Thursday, Sept 28th | Topic: Settling back to school – Dr. Lorna Barry

Thursday, Oct 19th | Topic: Parent Self-care  – Webster’s counselling team.

Thursday, Nov 23rd | Topic: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our focus for this session will be on using general strategies from CBT at home.

Thursday, Jan 25th | Topic: Psychoeducation and how to support the emotional wellbeing of our children

Thursday, Feb 29th | Topic: Sharing experiences: Raising a child with special needs and setting healthy boundaries.

Thursday, May 30th | Topic: Handiconsult will join us to advise and answer questions on medical nursing and dental appointments for individuals with additional needs. | RSVP

We look forward to welcoming you!

Costs

- The informative 30min consultation is sponsored by ASK.

- The parent-child consultation fee is 150 CHF, payable in advance.

- The first parent-child consultation is sponsored for parent members of the ASK.

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Parent to Parent Support

How We Help

The unique aspect of ASK parent support is that it involves parents helping other parent. ASK believes that parents often find their greatest support in other parents who are in a similar situation or have shared experiences. Sharing and learning from each other empowers parents. Our parent support leaders are supportive in an effective manner, know the many resources in the community, and are fully prepared to serve you in the best possible way they can. We live your challenges, share your joys and your worries. Our parent support leaders are available to meet with you and answer your questions. Send an email to info@allspecialkids.org to get in touch with them.  

Parent Support Leaders

Our parent representatives are available to meet in person or online to answer your questions and share their experiences. Contact us.

Joanne Horne

Support Team

Joanne Horne is British and has lived in Vaud since 2013, prior to which she had a 25-year career in corporate marketing and event management in Asia and London. She currently runs a sports marketing agency with her husband. Joanne’s daughter was born in Hong Kong and was diagnosed with dyspraxia/dysgraphia at the age of five, and she and her husband have worked with various therapists and support systems ever since to try and help their daughter flourish.

Deborah Schneider

Support team

Deborah Schneider works remotely as a research scientist at the Hoeft BrainLENS Laboratory at the University of Connecticut. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education; Ed.S. in Language, Reading, & Culture; and M.A. in Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona. (Bear down, Arizona!) Her research interests include the identification and remediation of reading-related learning disorders, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological correlates of reading-related learning difficulties. Deborah is passionate about universal design for learning, inclusion, and the purposeful use of technology in education. She is privileged to be the mother to three amazing daughters (two of whom live and thrive with autism and congenital differences), the daughter of an extraordinary mother, and the sister of three exceptional women. Outside of the lab, Deborah enjoys reading, hiking (particularly with her loyal four-legged friend, Mishka), and nerding out with her kids.

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