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Social Skills Program

Social Skills Program is an inclusive after school program designed to help children and adolescents develop the skills to improve their ability to relate to others.

A NEW SOCIAL GROUP for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Geneva region

Social Skills for Preschool Children

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ASK – All Special Kids has introduced a new social group for younger children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. This social skills program aims to offer weekly structured activities in a fun group environment using play and sensory therapy. Visual supports for thematic activities are utilised to stimulate and inspire your child’s imagination.

In addition to the group objectives, we will target individual aims during the program and address individual challenges step by step during each session. Each week, we will structure the session based around a particular theme to awakening their curiosity, learn social cues and vocabulary.

In order to maximize the group’s potential to meet your child’s individual needs, we encourage your contribution and welcome any comments or ideas.

Group Objectives:

  1. Sharing

    Toys, objects while playing, ideas and point of view.

  2. Social Interactions

    Taking turns, eye contact, body language, emotions.

  3. Communication

    Asking for help, asking questions, organizing your thoughts, understanding and making simple, clear and relevant sentences, comments.

  4. Theory of Mind

    Someone thinks differently than I do.

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  • Geneva: Every second Monday from 15h00 to 16h00

  • Where: ASK offices Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)

Maria

Lead Teacher

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    Dr David Claivaz, IIL

    I am deeply impressed with the generous and sincere engagement of ASK in favor of kids with Special Education Needs, as well as the neurotypical ones.

    I wrote an IIL Blog Post called “The Essence of Learning”. Google the title to find out more.

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    Parent

    It was very helpful to have so much positive feedback on the idea of James going into a special school as I was not sure that it was the best thing for him, but it looks like it is a very good option. It’s important to have a group where you can say almost anything and not feel judged or criticised to get the feedback, support and ideas from others and be able to off load a bit of the pressure !

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    School administrator

    “When you walk around ASK Summer Camp for the first time, you recognize all the signs of a great camp: colors, music, laughs, excited kids and even more excited staff. A closer look at the very specific set of activities make you realize that you have reached a place in which learning is back to its roots, the freeing of the learner.”

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    Karen Davies Brace

    I cannot say enough about ASK, Joy and all those involved with this amazing organization. We were in such desperation to find help for our children. One needed an assessment for dyslexia and the other for autism spectrum disorder. It was so difficult to get connected to professionals qualified to conduct these assessments (and in their Mother tongue). Joy was able to help us with both. We were connected to a psychologist who assessed our son for dyslexia. From there we were able to get Social, Play and Occupational therapy as well as therapy with a Psychomotricienne. For our dyslexic child, Joy introduced us to Oak Hill which completely changed him from being a non-reader to fluent reader and we saw his self-esteem increase tremendously within a mere three weeks at Oak Hill. In addition we discovered he is extremely strong in math which was hidden from us during all his struggles with reading. We cannot forget the wonderful homework club too. The boys enjoyed and benefited very much from them. The teachers and the program are amazing. Thx you Joy and all staff at ASK. We are forever grateful!

ASK Social Skills Group is an inclusive after-school program designed to help children who regularly have challenges with social interactions and how to read social cues

School Aged Children

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Interacting with peers help children build social, reciprocal and communicative skills. Through playful activities they can learn actively listening, interpreting body language, asking questions, taking turns and other skills that will help them feel comfortable in social and unknown situation..
The programme is open to any child who has difficulty with social skills, such as:
- Joining in and making friends
- Responding appropriately to verbal and non-verbal social cues
- Engaging in reciprocal conversational skills - Resolving conflict
- Coping with stressful situations
- Co-operating with others
- Managing interpersonal relationships
- Dealing with uncomfortable emotions

The group aims at building following skills:

  1. Sustaining friendships

  2. Improving self-esteem

  3. Being more responsible and empathetic

  4. Being able to express difficult feelings

  5. Navigating social situations successfully

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Trial Session and Pre-Assessment.
Prior to joining the group, your child is welcome to attend a free trial session. Depending on the outcome of this initial session, the facilitators may request that your child undergoes a pre-assessment with a psychologist in order to determine whether the group can meet his or her needs..

  • Geneva: Mondays from 16h30 to 18h00

  • Where: ASK offices Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)

  • Zurich: Every second Wednesday from 16h00 to 17h30

  • Where: ASK Zurich Quartierhaus Kreis 6. Langmauerstrasse 7, 8006 Zürich

Maria

Lead Teacher

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    Dr David Claivaz, IIL

    I am deeply impressed with the generous and sincere engagement of ASK in favor of kids with Special Education Needs, as well as the neurotypical ones.

    I wrote an IIL Blog Post called “The Essence of Learning”. Google the title to find out more.

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    Parent

    It was very helpful to have so much positive feedback on the idea of James going into a special school as I was not sure that it was the best thing for him, but it looks like it is a very good option. It’s important to have a group where you can say almost anything and not feel judged or criticised to get the feedback, support and ideas from others and be able to off load a bit of the pressure !

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    School administrator

    “When you walk around ASK Summer Camp for the first time, you recognize all the signs of a great camp: colors, music, laughs, excited kids and even more excited staff. A closer look at the very specific set of activities make you realize that you have reached a place in which learning is back to its roots, the freeing of the learner.”

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    Karen Davies Brace

    I cannot say enough about ASK, Joy and all those involved with this amazing organization. We were in such desperation to find help for our children. One needed an assessment for dyslexia and the other for autism spectrum disorder. It was so difficult to get connected to professionals qualified to conduct these assessments (and in their Mother tongue). Joy was able to help us with both. We were connected to a psychologist who assessed our son for dyslexia. From there we were able to get Social, Play and Occupational therapy as well as therapy with a Psychomotricienne. For our dyslexic child, Joy introduced us to Oak Hill which completely changed him from being a non-reader to fluent reader and we saw his self-esteem increase tremendously within a mere three weeks at Oak Hill. In addition we discovered he is extremely strong in math which was hidden from us during all his struggles with reading. We cannot forget the wonderful homework club too. The boys enjoyed and benefited very much from them. The teachers and the program are amazing. Thx you Joy and all staff at ASK. We are forever grateful!

Adolescents

ASK is launching a new social skills group for adolescents with additional needs in February 2022. The program will cover a range of topics including; building & maintaining friendships, starting & maintaining conversations, using humour, electronic communication, handling disagreements, changing a bad reputation, handling teasing and bullying.
 
Please contact us for further information on schedule and fees. 10% discount will apply to parent members.

Our Team

Nora Geppert

Psychologist

Nora holds an M.Sc in Clinical psychology from the University of Geneva as well as a B.Sc. in Psychology with French from the University of Aberdeen.

She is a qualified FSP psychologist and currently works as a child and adolescent cognitive and behavioral therapist in the private cabinet Pôle Positif. There, she provides diagnostic assessments and offers individual and group therapy plus parental guidance in French, English, and German.

Nora joined ASK in 2018. She is currently a co-facilitator of the ASK after Social Skills Programs. During school holidays, Nora has been working at ASK day camps as a group facilitator of the Friendship Group, working with children with higher developmental needs who are on the autism spectrum and/or have other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Irene Lari

PSYCHOLOGIST

Irene holds a M.Sc. in Psychology, as well as a B. Sc. In Child Developmental Psychology from the University of Florence. In 2012 she took part of a multidisciplinary and co-cantonal study about traditional bullying and cyberbullying among teenagers. The research project was sponsored by the University of Zurich (UZH). She has provided supports to our ASK parent groups in supporting cyber mobbing in teenagers. Irene is a qualified psychologist and works as ABA therapist offering parent support in her private practice in Zurich. She is finalizing her training as a federal licensed Clinical Psychologist at the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP).

Irene joined the ASK bilingual Summer Camp Team in 2021 as assistant Camp Coordinator and mentor in the Friendship Group, working with children with autism spectrum and/or other special needs. Currently, Irene is working with the ASK team to lead the Social Skill Group in Zurich for children with additional educational needs.

Laura Alfageme

Speech and language Therapist

Laura holds a B.Sc in Communication Sciences from City University London, United Kingdom. She is a qualified speech and language therapist with previous experience in the UK, Cambodia and Switzerland.

Laura currently works as a speech and language therapist in various international schools in Geneva since September of 2013. She works with children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of special needs.

Laura joined ASK in 2014. She is currently co-facilitator of the ASK after school programs (Social skills and Friendship group) and she works with the ACCESS program. During school holidays, Laura has been working at ASK day camps as a group facilitator for different ages.

Upcoming Programs

January 2022

Social Skills Group – Zurich

ASK Social Skills Group is an inclusive after-school programme designed ...
05 Jan - 09 Mar
ASK Zurich
Quartierhaus Kreis 6. Langmauerstrasse 7, 8006 Zürich

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Program is an inclusive after school program designed ...
10 Jan - 04 Apr
ASK Geneva
Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
February 2022

Social Skills Group

ASK is launching a new social skills group for adolescents ...
01 Feb - 04 Apr
ASK Geneva
Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
April 2022

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Program is an inclusive after school program designed ...
25 Apr - 27 Jun
ASK Geneva
Ecumenical Center, Rm 246 1218 Grand-Saconnex (GPS address: 1 rte des Morillons)
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