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Living abroad can be lots of fun but when you’re an expatriate struggling to find the right English-speaking speech therapist for your child then it starts to become less exciting!

Even if you’re lucky enough to find a therapist near you who has some availability – and in the Lake Geneva region that doesn’t happen very often - the chances are that their accent will not match that of your child and you will not see the progress you are hoping for.

So is there a solution? Swiss-American, Birgit Suess, believes she has found the answer with her teletherapy business, Sweet Sunshine Speech Therapy, which she launched online around 10 years ago.

Using video software such as Skype, Gotomeeting or Zoom, Sweet Sunshine Speech Therapy enables children to meet with speech therapists in a safe environment online. Children can see and hear their therapist on-screen and share their mouse/keyboard controls so that they can fully participate in therapy activities. Teletherapy follows all the same ethical and professional guidelines as on-site therapy. Privacy is of the utmost importance so all communication, documents and sessions are kept confidential.

With no geographic limits on her network of therapists, Birgit is able to match therapists with the specific needs of her clients – most of whom are aged between 3 and 21.  All of her speech therapists are native English speakers, nationally certified by their country of origin, and trained in accommodating for various English accents and dialects, as well as cultural differences.  Birgit told us, “If you’ve ever had a child go through speech therapy, you will appreciate just how important it is to limit any dialectal differences between the therapist and your child!"

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Free 40-minute discovery session and follow-up consultation for knowitall.ch readers (conditions apply)

Do you feel frustrated or stuck as you struggle to manage your work-life balance and cope with things like food, exercise, stress or sleep?  

Do you find that you are always preoccupied with the problem but lack the time or motivation to get the results you crave?

If so, then now may be the time to enlist the support of a health and wellbeing coach to help you take the first steps towards finding your authentic, vibrant self again!

With more and more health coaches setting up business in this region, it’s important to find someone you can relate to, someone who’s on your wavelength and understands your issues.  But how can you be sure to find the right person, without spending a fortune on lots of introductory sessions with different coaches?

To help make the selection process easier, one coach, Ellen Kocher is offering our readers a free 40-minute discovery session that will give you all the time you need to ask those important questions relating to your own health and wellbeing. If, following the discussion, you decide to follow a course of coaching with Ellen, then she is also offering an additional 50-minute consultation free when you book 4 x 50 minute Skype or Phone consultations with her for the price of Fr. 400.-.  There is absolutely no obligation to take up the consultation offer to claim your free discovery session, and if you just want to head straight to the consultation then you don’t need to have the discovery session first!

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Special discount for knowitall.ch readers at upcoming workshop on 31 May 2018!

A special workshop on healthy living is being organized by The Gift Box Girls to raise money for their annual donation of gift boxes to be sent to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe at the end of this year.

Healthy Living, Healthy You - Making Balanced Choices will take place at the Salle des Sociétés in Genthod on 31 May, from 9h30 to 15h.  With a series of informative workshops provided by leading health experts in the region, and lunch and refreshments included, the event will appeal especially to women keen to update their knowledge on current thinking and practices in this field so that they can make the best healthy choices for themselves.

Local health experts

During the day there will be four main workshops led by local experts with their own health-related businesses, three of which we have already featured on knowitall.ch!


If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved in raising money for charity, then the English Speaking Cancer Association has just come up with a great idea!

Rather than organizing a single event to raise funds, they are inviting the public to organize their own parties, all on the same day: 5th May, or Cinco de Mayo as they say in Spanish.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual festival in the US, originally commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on 5 May 1862. Now a relatively minor festival in Mexico, it has gained a significant following in the US, evolving into a celebration of Mexican-American culture and heritage.

With this in mind, ESCA is inviting the public to get out their sombreros, buy in the tacos and tortillas, and put on their pointy dancing boots to organize a series of Cinco de Mayo Mexican Fiesta theme parties, the likes of which Switzerland has never seen before!

To make the task easier for you, the association has provided a handy guide that will help you through the process of inviting friends and, of course, raising money: all donations from your Fiesta will enable ESCA to carry on providing emotional support and practical help to all those affected by cancer in this region – free of charge.

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Are you in a marriage or relationship with a person with Asperger Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism? Or do you think you are?

Would you like to talk to others in the same situation, share your experience and exchange tips on how best to manage?

If these questions resonate with you, then you should consider attending one of the upcoming meetings being organized by Cassandra, a new self-help group for spouses and partners of people with Asperger Syndrome.

Launched in September 2017 by a 48-year old mother of two, married 22 years to someone with Asperger’s, the group provides support and resources for a community of people who often feel overwhelmed by the behaviour of their partners. Wishing to remain anonymous, the founder told knowitall.ch,  

“My marriage has not been easy. When I discovered five years ago that Asperger’s might be the explanation for all those difficulties, it came as both a shock and a relief. Setting up a peer support network for partners is my way of doing something constructive with what I have learned before and after that discovery.”