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Know-it-all passport® presents a workshop for:

Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children

by world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D. www.traceytokuhama.com/about-tracey

Tracey is half Japanese-American, half Irish-Native American and is married to an Ecuadorian. Her 3 children aged 24, 21 and 19 speak fluent English, Spanish and German and some French.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” and 5 other books on the brain and learning, is visiting Switzerland to present her dynamic workshops.

There are Ten Key Factors which influence every student’s success with new languages:

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In honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 5, 2016, the Handi-Capable Association in Lausanne, Switzerland, supported by the Cerebral Association, is launching the campaign #Shake4CP to shake off prejudice towards people with cerebral palsy and raise awareness about disabilities.

This campaign, published on social media and supported by two special events in Lausanne, has been initiated by two mothers facing the daily joys and challenges of raising a child with disabilities, Maggie Goudy and Christine Luetscher Rochat. Their aim is simple; to offer a different perspective – that those individuals with disabilities can enjoy a life that is joyful, positive and colored.

The #Shake4CP challenge invites the public to shake off colored powder, glitter or confetti from their head, filming it in slow motion and posting the video on social media under the hashtag #Shake4CP, challenging family and friends to do the same. The gesture is meaningful and playful at once. The slow motion gives the shake a spectacular effect.

The invitations to participate in the challenge this year were sent personally by Arno, Emma, Jerôme, Matteo, Max, Mouna, Nouh and Sara… children and adults with handicaps. In order to prepare for the campaign, a team of volunteers, with the help of friends and family, organized a “Shake it off for me” panel design workshop.

The official video for the #Shake4CP challenge marked the beginning of the campaign on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) in early September. The public and celebrities are invited throughout the month of September and October to take the challenge. Monica Young, Lynda Lemay, Thomas Wiesel, Christian Denisart and Gaëtan have already given their support.

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by Hiba Giacoletto, Healthwise

Imagine an environment so peaceful you feel safe as soon as you step into it.

A place where you can let go of your burdens and start anew.

This is the vision behind La Maison AnnaBelle which provides supportive housing for women working towards recovery from all types of disordered eating such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, over exercising, overeating, orthorexia or EDNOS - Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

This beautiful house perched on the hills above Montreux, in Chernex, provides a judgement-free zone away from home, where women facing eating disorders can finally put down their baggage and work on recovery away from outside pressure.

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When it comes to finding ways of improving your physical and mental well-being, the tools at your disposal are not always that pleasant.  Long and arduous workouts at the gym may help to produce much-needed endorphins, but they’re not everyone’s cup of tea!

At Sunflower-Power, the path to improved health and wellbeing is a much more enjoyable one!  Their mission is to promote health and wellness in a serious yet joyful manner, providing clients with wellbeing tools that they can employ long after classes have finished.

Originally from Finland and arriving in Switzerland in 2000, founder Kira Cantatore told knowitall.ch, “Sunflower-Power is all about promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing by providing feel-good yoga classes, laughter yoga, energy therapies, coaching on assertiveness and shiatsu massage to clients of all ages.”

She added, “My passion has always been to uplift and encourage people to improve their own lives. I always wanted to work with children so, after many years of corporate life during which I also obtained a BSc in Psychology and Social Sciences, it suddenly dawned on me that I could follow a profession that combines both my desire to uplift, encourage and help children, with my life-long habit of yoga practice.  I got trained as a yoga teacher for children and families and started offering Family Yoga classes, based on play and fun-filled easy exercises. I also started studying Reiki so I'm now a Reiki Master as well as a practitioner of another efficient energy therapy called Bars™ by Access Consciousness.”


A new ob/gyn practice has opened in Nyon catering for the needs of the English-speaking community, in particular adolescents.

Based at the Cabinet Forum Medical Nyon on Chemin Falconnier, the new practice is headed up by Dr. Gabrielle Cissé, a British expat who was born and raised in this region, and who completed her medical training in North America and Ireland.

Dr. Cissé told knowitall.ch, “My parents settled in Geneva in the 1970s where I born. I graduated from the International School of Geneva (LGB) in 1996 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a minor in Developmental Psychology from Duke University in North Carolina in 2000. I then received a pre-medical studies certificate at Columbia University in New York, followed by my medical degree at UCD Medical School in Dublin in 2007. I returned to Switzerland that year to undergo specialist training and obtained my Swiss specialist qualification in Obstetrics and Gynecology (FMH).”

She continued, “In November 2015, I was given the opportunity to open a Gynecology and Obstetrics consultation in a group practice with Dr. Karen Hofmann, Dr. Tatiana Collipal and Dr. Armine Najand, which I gladly accepted. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating experience that I look forward to continuing in the years to come.”