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Welcome to the Knospe-ABA GmbH!

It is our mission to teach parents of children with autism, what they need to know to give their child the best opportunity at a happy and successful life. We have developed a system that is geared toward teaching you how to support a quality ABA/VB program in your own home. Aspergers is a syndrome on the autism spectrum that has its own unique challenges. ABA is nothing more than good teaching and will work for any child who needs help understanding the subtle nuances of living in our social community.

The science of Applied Behavior Analysis is recognized throughout most of the world as the best available method to remediate the effects that autism has on the ability of a child to learn new skills. Systematically applied, ABA can take a child from their current functioning level and drastically improve their ability to learn new skills and acquire more appropriate behavior. When applied intensively, it can help a small number of children to “graduate” out of the diagnosis of autism all together. Children who begin early intervention programs based on the Science of ABA are less likely to need long term therapeutic care, be institutionalized, need special education classes, and are more likely to move on to independent lives. Many children who were once considered unable to communicate are now being taught to communicate (including the use of spoken language) on a regular basis.

For many years the “Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis” and the Journal “Analysis of Verbal Behavior”, among others, have documented the scientific research and experimental study that independently demonstrates the effectiveness of ABA for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. In Chapter 3 of his 1999 report on Mental Health the Surgeon General of the United States declared, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.” According to the report, ABA is the only method of intervention that has been able to reliably demonstrate long-term benefit to children with autism.

The concept of ABA/VB that we promote at Knospe-ABA focuses on the parents as the child’s most valuable teacher and therapist. Training the parents through workshop and in-home consultations to implement the ABA/VB programs developed by qualified behavior analysts, limits the need for long-term costly therapy. It allows the child to be fully immersed in an ABA/VB rich environment from sun-up to sundown and is showing the best possible outcomes for children with autism. Our introductory workshop, “Be Your Child’s Best Teacher” offers parents and their support group of helpers (including extended family, therapists and teachers) a detailed explanation of the all of the major principles of ABA/VB and many of the important techniques for applying those principles.

Many families report that the information presented at the Introductory workshop helped them to begin interacting with their child in more effective ways. However, for a child to receive an actual ABA/VB program that is designed especially for their unique needs an initial consultation is necessary. This initial consultation usually lasts 3 days and is used to assess the child in his or her home environment. The initial consultation is necessary in order to pinpoint exactly where the breakdowns are in the child’s natural ability to understand language and learn new skills. Although every child’s needs are different, we have found that we can usually develop a very good program in a 3-day Initial. Like every service we offer, we will give recommendations but leave the duration of the service to the individual family. During the initial consultation we design a series of program recommendations and begin to train parents and their support group to implement these recommendations in safe and effective ways. Our programs typically address a child`s functioning levels in any number of 25 important categories of learning including, reinforcer effectiveness, visual performance, motor imitation, vocal imitation, requesting, labeling, spontaneous vocalisation, social interaction, dressing, toileting, self help skills, gross and fine motor skills, reading, writing among others. To do this we use several assessments including the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS), the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (The AFLS) from Partington Behavior Analysts and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (The VB-MAPP) by Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA.

A benefit of our program is that after attending only the workshop (2 days) and hosting an Initial consultation (3 days) the family is fully prepared to begin supporting their child`s education in more positive ways in the home environment. It is not uncommon for children to begin making substantial progress in only the first few months of services (see our parent survey link above). Although all children react to different teaching techniques differently, several children who have until the time of the workshop only been able to utter one understandable word have gained as many as 5 to 10 words in a matter of a single month. Others who have never been able to communicate beyond pointing and tantrums are able to use augmentative communication forms such as sign language for as many as 20 to 30 different items in a few months time. In time, those sign language requests are transferred into spoken language. The programs we design in the Initial Consultation will usually last a family from 1 - 2 months with continued supervision and oversight via phone, video and/or email contact. Once the child has progressed through the Initial program we can return for a 2 day maintenance consultation to assess the current program, increase support team training, and if appropriate re-administer the ABLLS, AFLS or VB-MAPP. This assessments can be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention as well as update the child’s program for the next several months.

Our program is designed so that with each subsequent visit the child`s parents and kindergarten or school staff are taught to be better tutors and teachers to the child and to need our direct supervision less intensively. The ultimate goal is for the family, school and support staff to learn to support the child`s needs without intensive behavioral intervention. Our goal is to help the child and family achieve optimal outcome while assuring that the child is getting the most ethical and effective education possible for as long as he is in need.

 

 

Robert has posted a series of Youtube videos from an Information Evening he did in Norway in February 2010. To start the Norway video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6bPnjukgXA

 

Please feel free to look through our pages and contact us with any questions or comments you might have about the Knospe-ABA GmbH.