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.
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
Our Parent Support Service also extends to providing Parent Support Groups.
Our Parent Support Groups are run each month on the last Thursday of the month. The sessions each follow a different topic.
The group sessions are led by a parent support leader and co-facilitated by a professional with specific experience in the given topic for that meeting.