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Recap of Robert Schramm's December 2nd Workshop

“Robert Schramm [MA, BCBA, Knospe-ABA GmbH] was wonderful. He has a keen insight into the needs of the children. I found the presentation to be very clear. He stated expectations and gave practical strategies,” one attendee said.

Here to discuss his book Motivation and Reinforcement: Turning the Tables on Autism, Schramm treated enthralled attendees to his “dynamic,” “engaging,” “lively” and ABA-friendly approach to autism on Monday, December 2nd.

At the heart of his method is the fact that the child learns to WANT to engage socially. Schramm pointed out specifically that autism often means the child wanting us to chase them. He stated that his approach denies them that and trains them to come to us.

One of the primary ways to accomplish this is to block the reinforcements (distractions) before teaching. This way you are the one giving access to the reinforcers rather than being seen as an impediment to them. An example of this would be instead of grabbing the child and forcing him/her to sit with you, instead take the reinforcer (for example, a toy) away, only giving it back when the child chooses to sit with you. So whether the child gets what he/she wants is based entirely on their decision to cooperate.

And it isn’t just the kids that benefit from this approach. In understanding these techniques, parents and BCBAs are better trained in constructive and collaborative approaches for interacting with and responding to their children. Think, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

We didn’t have to take Schramm’s word for it regarding results. Included in his presentation were videos clearly showing how the steps are incorporated and, when used correctly, are remarkably effective.

You can find Schramm’s book here: Schramm is also planning to do a 2-day conference in May. Details are pending, so keep checking back with Autism Home Support Services for information!

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