Our Philosophy is Simple
“Children with any learning or behavior challenge learn from their environment. Through the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior, we can help improve any child’s quality of life.”
It is our mission to teach with great empathy parents of children with autism and related disorders, 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. 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 help with 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. 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.
The concept of ABA/VB that we promote at Knospe-ABA focuses on the parents as the child’s most valuable teacher throughout daily life. Training the parents through workshop and in-home consultations to implement 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/webinar “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. They are able to reverse behaviors, that children with autism spectrum disorders often develop when family members struggle understanding their child’s challenging behavior.
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. 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 a workshop and hosting an Initial consultation 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 testimonials). 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. We are offering online consultations (tele health) as well. At a maintenance consultation we assess the current program, work 1:1 with the child, increase support team training and if appropriate, re-administer the ABLLS, AFLS or VB-MAPP. These assessments can be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention as well as update the child’s program..
In addition to guidance in the home environment, close cooperation with the kindergarten, school and other institutions that are part of the child’s education is very welcomed in order to achieve the best possible, holistic outcome.
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. We focus on the individual needs of each child and all program recommendations, learning goals and behavioral interventions are responsible to the highest ethical standards.