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Robert SchrammLead Supervising Behavior Analyst

Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA (Certificant 1-04-1960)

Robert grew up very close to his uncle Mickey (not pictured) who was born with Down Syndrome. It is because of a desire to see better lives for people like Mickey that Robert became a Special Education instructor. Robert became a certified teacher in Illinois and then California after graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1991. He has a Master's degree in special education from California State University - Dominguez Hills and finished the required studies to get his Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst by the University of North Texas in 2002. During this time he worked for 7 years in the public school system as a special education teacher in California. This included time as one of California's first "Inclusion Specialists" for the Manhattan Beach school district. In addition to his University education, Robert has also had the pleasure of participating in 3 workshops with Verbal Behavior/ABA Specialist, Dr. James Partington in California and 2 workshops from the Carbone clinic in New York (two of the leading names in modern ABA). Additionally Robert has engaged in many other ABA and Verbal Behavior workshops and trainings around the world including Dr. Mark Sundberg's recent workshop on his brand new assessement, "The VB-MAPP." Robert has also received training in TEACCH, PECS, Sign Language, Floortime, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention. Robert's book "Motivation and Reinforcement" was published in 2006 (2nd edition in 2011) and Robert has become a highly sought after international Speaker giving workshops and presentations on ABA/VB around the world. Additionally, for the winter semester of 2009 Robert has been given a professorship at Oldenburg University. He also has co-authored a chapter on Verbal Behavior in Sven Boelte's University textbook called "Autismus". In 2014 Robert was named a faculty advisor for the Bancroft special education school in Chicago, consulting directly with the school's director of education. He also finished his second book in 2015 called “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control" and was the inited Keynote Speaker at the Michigan Autism Conference in Kalamazoo Michigan. Robert brings all of this knowledge and experience to his work with children as well as his training and supervision of the Knospe-ABA staff. To keep up with the latest information and techniques, Robert continues to return to the States regularly for workshops and seminars with the goal of staying on top of the latest information and developments in the field.


Robert's recent workshops and congresses of attendance:

 

2016: ABA International Convention: Gateway Back to the Community: Using ABA to Transition Institutionalized Individuals to Community Based Care, Dr. Rishi Chelminski - Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop) 
2016: ABA International Convention: Basic Skills for Learning Perspective Taking in Children with Autism, Dr. Jeremy H. Greenburg - Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop) 
2016: ABA International Convention: Advancements in Application of Varied Functional Analysis Methodology, Dr. Tyra P. Sellers - Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Establishing Social Reinforcers via Two Social Learning Conditions, Dr. Jessica Singer-Dudek – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science to Neurological Rehabilitation, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Advancements in the area of Functional Analysis: Complex Models in Public School Settings, Mark J. Palmieri - Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: The Ethics of and Alternatives to Traditional Escape Extinction in Education and Home Settings – Chicago IL, USA (Presenter together with Megan Miller, Steve Ward, Heather Gilmore, with Dr. Wayne Fuqua)


2015: 
Michigan Autism Conference: Essential Competencies for Practitioners Working with Individuals with Autism, Mary Jane Weiss - Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Workshop)
2015: Michigan Autism Conference: Five Groups of Evidence that Severe Problem Behavior is Often Predictable and Orderly, Timothy Vollmer - Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Workshop)
2015: Michigan Autism Conference: Motivating Learner Participation with the 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control - Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Presenter)
2015: FABA Conference: Practical Assessment and Treatement of Problem Behavior Associated with Autism, Dr. Greg Hanley - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Motivating Learner Participation: An Alternative to Traditional Escape Extinction Methods - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Presenter)
2015: FABA Conference: Autism Treatment: A Rich History and Promising Future, Bridgette Taylor - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Recent Research on Educational Applications of ABA,  Discussant - David Wilder - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Problems in ABA: What They Are and How We Can Address Them Organizationally, Chair Dr Jon Bailey - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Dissemination and Support of Behavior Analysis Through Social Media, Corey Robertson - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Task as a Reinforcer: A Reactive Alternative to Escape Extinction, Steve Ward - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Individualized Treatments for the Reflexive Conditioned Motivating Operation, Steve Ward - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: The Role of Joint Control in Teaching Complex Listener Responding to Children with Autism and other Disabilities, Dr. Vince Carbone - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Behavioral Interventions in Educational Settings (research studies in ABA), Chair Jeanine Tanz - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Considerations and Exploration of Alternatives to Forced Prompting - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Presenter together with Megan Miller, BCBA)
2015: FABA Conference: Beyond the Basics: Extensions on Toilet Training, Kari Womack - Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)


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Supervisor
Tina-Henrike Follmann, Diplom-Sozialpädagogin, BCaBA
 (Certificant 0-15-6875) Tina-Henrike Kleine

Tina graduated with a diploma as a social pedagogue from the University of Applied Science - Bielefeld in November of 2004. While studying, Tina worked as a sport therapist with children with autism and other developmental delays at the "v. Bodelschwinghsche Institutions Bethel", Europe's largest institution for children and adults with disabilities. From August to November 2003, Tina also spent time volunteering at the "Gabriella Centre" in Cape Town, South Africa offering daycare to physically and mentally challenged children including those with autism. After a year of working at an international organization for developmental cooperation supporting projects for children in need all over the world, Tina spent several months working in a home for the mentally challenged supporting persons with autism as a pedagogic therapist from June to December 2006. Tina first contacted Knospe-ABA with the desire to find a better way to help support people with autism spectrum disorder at the start of 2006. Tina was then introduced to and began working as a one-to-one "in-home" tutor for two children supported by Knospe-ABA. Seeing the benefits of ABA/VB, Tina began working herself through the ABA literature and American VB training manuals. With excellent referrals and observations of her work as a tutor, Tina was invited to begin consultant training with Knospe-ABA under the direct supervision of Robert Schramm in January of 2007. This training included direct observation of consultations, studying of several American ABA manuals, a 3-day Verbal Behavior Workshop of Dr. Vincent J. Carbone in Wales in March of 2007 and several knowledge and practice assessments. Because of her intensive studies and excellent understanding of the ABA/VB principals, Tina was prepared to take part in a 4-day advanced Verbal Behavior workshop presented by Holly Kibbe, BCBA and Cherish Twigg, BCBA of Establishing Operations Inc. in London in April of the same year and additionally, i
n November of 2008, Tina participated in a one-day Motor Speech Workshop by Elizabeth Kuegeler, MA, CCC-SLP, PROMPT Certified Instructor. Additionally, in March of 2011 Tina participated in the workshops "Language for Living" presented by Patrick McGreevy Ph.D., BCBA, "Teaching ABA in Small Groups" and "Crisis Prevention Intervention" (CPI), presented by Shiri Bartman, MA, BCBA & Jennifer Donnelly, BCaBA. In November 2014 Tina participated in the workshop "Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies to Improve Autism Programming for both Toddlers and Teens with Autism", presented by Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D in Cologne. In 2017 Tina attended Laura Ferguson's workshop "Teaching Communication and Social Skills to Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities". Officially becoming a Knospe-ABA consultant in August of 2007, Tina is supporting the education of children with autism in Nordrhein-Westfalen and since spring of 2010 has been supervising several of our other consultants. From 2013 till 2015 Tina completed the BACB approved coursework on ABA from the IFKV (www.ifkv.de) in Bad Dürkheim in cooperation with the University of North Texas (UNT). Tina passed her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) exam in December of 2015. Tina is currently filling in as our team leader and helps the consultant team with planing and organisation.

 



Supervisor

Isabel Huth, Diplom-PsychologinIsabel Huth

Isabel began her experiences with children with autism in the summer of 1999 where she garnered hands-on and theoretical experience with the science of ABA from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D., Inc.) in Los Angeles. Her studies at C.A.R.D. took place under the supervision of Doreen Grenpeeshe Ph D. This led Isabel to the study of Psychology at the University of Frankfurt Main in spring 2000. She then earned her Diploma in October 2005 at the University in Göttingen. Throughout her studies, Isabel kept in close contact to C.A.R.D. and continued improving her theoretical background in behavior analysis. Disheartened by the lack of awareness and underestimation of ABA in Germany, Isabel returned to L.A. in 2005/2006, spending several more months participating in C.A.R.D.'s Case Consultant training. Looking for a chance to deepen her knowledge and experience in Germany, Isabel contacted Knospe-ABA and began a consultant training under the direct supervision of Robert Schramm. Working with over 40 different children with autism during her training and studying expert literature and training manuals from the USA, Isabel became well versed in the Verbal Behavior Approach to ABA. She even had the chance to participate in an intensive Verbal Behavior Workshop lead by Dr. Vincent Carbone, BCBA in Bremerton, USA, in October 2006. This was followed in April of 2007 by participation in a four day advanced workshop presented by Holly KibbeBCBA and Cherish Twigg, BCBA of Establishing Operations Inc. in London, UK and i
n November of 2008, Isabel participated in a one-day Motor Speech Workshop by Elizabeth Kuegeler, MA, CCC-SLP, PROMPT Certified Instructor. Additionally, in March of 2011 Isabel participated in the workshops "Language for Living" presented by Patrick McGreevy Ph.D., BCBA, "Teaching ABA in Small Groups" and "Crisis Prevention Intervention" (CPI), presented by Shiri Bartman, MA, BCBA & Jennifer Donnelly, BCABA. In spring 2013 Isabel participated in Dr. Vince Carbone's Verbal Behavior workshop in Rome. Officially becoming a Knospe-ABA consultant in the spring of 2007, Isabel is supporting the education of children with autism in middle and southern Germany. In summer of 2015 she was promoted to team leader and helps the consultant team with planing and organisation. In addition, Isabel is currently working on her certification as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Isabel is currently on pregnancy leave.

 


 

Trainee Supervisor
Katja Volkmer, B.A. Soziale Arbeit, BCaBA 
(Certificant 0-15-6878)Katja Volkmer

Katja earned her degree from the "Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik" in Bamberg in 2004. As a certified Kindergarten teacher, she gained several experiences working with children with and without special needs. Katja's introduction to the world of autism intervention began in August of 2004 when she spent time in the U.S. as an au pair for a family with a young girl with the autism diagnosis. To better support the family, Katja began working herself through much of the available ABA literature and American VB training manuals. She immediately became a valuable therapist for the family working under the supervision of Michelle Hurst from Autism Outreach Inc. In addition to this training, Katja attended a three day Verbal Behavior workshop presented by Dr. Vincent Carbone in New York during October of 2005. After returning to Germany in 2006 Katja began working at an integrative kindergarten for a year while also working on the weekends as a tutor for a child supported by Knospe-ABA. In August of 2007, Katja paid her own way to Savannah, Georgia to participate in the "Teaching Verbal Behavior - Hands on Training for Tutors and Therapists" workshop presented by Jenn Godwin, BCBA and Tamara Kasper, BCBA. Katja's dedicated work as a therapist and obvious desire to learn all she could about autism and ABA/VB quickly caught the attention of the staff at Knospe-ABA who invited Katja to begin consultant training in September of 2007. Katja completed the intensive training under the supervision of Robert Schramm and began working as a Knospe-ABA consultant in the spring of 2008. Additionally, in November of 2008, Katja participated in a one-day Motor Speech Workshop by Elizabeth Kuegeler, MA, CCC-SLP, PROMPT Certified Instructor. In October of 2009, Katja attended the advanced workshop #3 "Guiding the Development and Implemantation of an Intensive Behavioral Program for Teaching Language and Basic Learner Skills" at the Carbone Clinic in New York. In November 2014 Katja participated in the workshop "Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies to Improve Autism Programming for both Toddlers and Teens with Autism", presented by Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D in Cologne. In 2017 Katja attended Laura Ferguson's workshop "Teaching Communication and Social Skills to Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities". Her bachelor degree in social work got Katja at the Hochschule in Munich. Since spring of 2008 Katja is supporting the education of children in southern Germany. In addition Katja is also supervising the trainees of Knospe-ABA. From 2013 till 2015 Katja completed the BACB approved coursework on ABA from the IFKV (www.ifkv.de) in Bad Dürkheim in cooperation with the University of North Texas (UNT). Katja passed her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) exam in December of 2015.

 


 

Supervisor
Steffi Schuldt, Diplom-PsychologinSteffi Schuldt

Steffi was first introduced to the field of ABA/VB in 2001 when she started her undergraduate studies in ABA Psychology at Western Michigan University (the academic home of Dr. Jack Michael and Dr. Mark Sundberg among others). Those studies included an internship at Croyden Avenue School (now WoodsEdge Learning Center) where Steffi worked as a therapist in the Pre-Primary-Impaired classroom. In 2004 she returned to Germany and started her Master's Degree (Diploma) in Psychology focusing on Developmental Psychology at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. During her studies Steffi worked as a research assistant for the Quality Management department (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena) and later the Neuropsychology Department (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg) focusing on research while also tutoring for High School children in an after-school homework and study program. After completing her studies as a Psychologist in 2011, Steffi started training as an ABA/VB consultant with Robert Schramm and his consultant training team in fall of 2011. The intensive training period consisted of direct observations and participation in consultations and program development, as well as studying the latest ABA/VB literature. Steffi participated in the workshops of the Knospe-ABA GmbH presented by Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA and also had the opportunity to visit a three-day workshop by Dr. Vincent Carbone, "Teaching Verbal Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disorders" in November 2011 in Zurich. In spring 2013 Steffi participated in Dr. Vince Carbone's Verbal Behavior workshop in Rome. In November 2014 Steffi participated in the workshop "Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies to Improve Autism Programming for both Toddlers and Teens with Autism", presented by Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D in Cologne and in October of 2015 she participated in the 4 day Professional "Crisis Management Practitioner Certification Course" in Ramstein, presented by Neal N. Fleisig, M.S., BCBA. Steffi began working for families in Berlin and the Eastern part of Germany as an ABA/VB consultant for the Knospe-ABA GmbH in the spring of 2012. Since January of 2016 Steffi has been supervising several Knospe-ABA consultants. Steffi is also currently working on her certification as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

 


 

Supervisor
Juliane Saft, Diplom-Pädagoginjuliane saft

Juliane has garnered many experiences and skills working with children, teenagers and elderly people with and without disabilities. Prior to finishing her studies, she spent three years as a youth tour guide in Germany and England supporting children and teens improving their social skills. In 2010, she worked at a senior citizen's residential facility, helping the elderly and disabled with their daily living needs. In addition to various work placements, such as at a sanatorium for mothers and children or an integrative day-care centre, she participated at the voluntary project “Balu & Du“. The focus of this project was offering support to disadvantaged children of primary school age. Immediately after her return from a term abroad in Seville 2011, Juliane began working as an in-home tutor for a child with trisomy 21 whose program was being guided by the Knospe-ABA GmbH. To optimize the support of the family she participated in the Knospe-ABA workshops "Be your child's best teacher" presented by Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA . During this time she also worked as an assistant to a women with disabilities. In March 2012, Juliane completed her studies in pedagogics with the focus on special education at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. During her studies she took a variety of classes in the field of clinical linguistics. This lead her to learn German Sign Language and did an internship at a logopaedic practice. Juliane began her consultant trainee with the Knospe-ABA GmbH in August of 2012. She studied ABA training materials from the US and spent time developing programming and recommendations under the watchful eye of all of the Knospe-ABA consultants and Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA. She also participated in the advanced workshop of the Knospe-ABA GmbH "Advanced teaching methods for parents and professionals" and other workshops including the Dr. Vince Carbone Workshop 1. In spring 2013 Juliane participated in Dr. Vince Carbone's Verbal Behavior Workshop in Rome. In November 2014 Juliane participated in the workshop "Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies to Improve Autism Programming for both Toddlers and Teens with Autism", presented by Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D in Cologne, and in October of 2015 she participated in the 4 day "Professional Crisis Management Practitioner Certification Course" in Ramstein, presented by Neal N. Fleisig, M.S., BCBA. Juliane is supporting families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other diagnosis in the middle of Germany. In addition, she has been supervising several Knospe-ABA consultants since January of 2016. Juliane is also currently working on her certification as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

 



* Acceptance by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is the highest recognition that can be earned in the field of Behavior Analysis. The BACB currently has over 10,000 certificants (BCBA's) in more than 20 different countries. The European Association for Behavior Analysis Endorses BACB Certification. "The EABA formally endorse the professional credentials issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, inc. EABA recognizes BACB credentials as standards for professional practice in Europe and commits to help with their dissemnation in Europe." To find out more about the importance of having a Board Certified Behavior Analyst overseeing the development of your child's program, or the requirements to becoming a BCBA, please visit the BACB website at www.BACB.com.