We are happy to announce Coffee with Experts and an Early Intervention Program for parents.
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.
Coffee with Experts
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
It is a short phone or video call of 30 mins between you and Dr. Jennifer Holloway or Dr. Lorna Barry to discuss the programs at ASK that might be of benefit to your son/daughter and/or all family members.
During this consultation Dr. Holloway or Dr. Barry will answer your questions and provide you useful information concerning children and youth with special educational needs and the support they can find in Switzerland.
A more personalized consultation that takes place at ASK. Your child can be present depending on the context. You will be asked to provide a child referral document and any available psychological assessments or school reports in advance of the meeting.
Dr. Jennnifer Holloway will meet with you to discuss in detail your child’s case and needs. She will offer guidance and advice on support, therapy and/or specific interventions that can help in designing a constructive plan for him/her for his self-growth and social inclusion. This session is typically 50-60mins in duration.
Also, she can help you with issues you may be experiencing in the home/family environment.
- 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.
Book a parent consultation
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 email@example.com to get in touch with them.
Parent Support Leaders
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 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.
British doctor living in Geneva since 2018, Jenny has three sons, one of whom has significant medical needs. She is passionate about the rights of children with disabilities and differences, advocating for respect, de-stigmatization and meaningful inclusion. Jenny is a public health physician and researcher. She has worked as a paediatrician and as a general practitioner in Maputo, Mozambique and London, UK. Her research interest is making health research understandable and accessible to all, and she is currently working on an international project teaching health literacy and critical thinking to schoolchildren. Jenny has a BSc in human genetics and an MBBS from the University of London, UK, membership (MRCGP) of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Diploma in Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians, London in 2002, and an MSc in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2007. She has worked and published on developing structured, transparent and accountable processes for evidence-based health policy- and decision-making, working with national governments and the World Health Organisation
Parents can network; find support, and obtain relevant information on specialist resources and schools with appropriate support programs that will cater for their children’s and young adults academic and social needs.