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ABA/VB

To master daily life
and to enable a life in our society,
people with autism and their fami­lies need help.

There is that help.

My name is Silke Johnson

I help children with autism reco­gnize the beau­tiful melody of life.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

To handle stress I expe­ri­ence great success with EFT.

In heart connec­tions the melody of life sounds for us, combined with joy in the sun, hearty laughter and lively cheer­ful­ness.

ABA/VB

To master daily life
and to enable a life in our society,
people with autism and their fami­lies need help.

There is that help.

My name is Silke Johnson

I help children with autism reco­gnize the beau­tiful melody of life.

Emotional Freedom Techniques

I am making great efforts with EFT in dealing with stress.

In heart connec­tions the melody of life sounds for us, combined with joy in the sun, hearty laughter and lively cheer­ful­ness.

My name is Silke Johnson and I’m glad you found your way to my site! Here, you will find insights into my work, with studies on the topic of autism and maybe, you will also find the courage to break new ground with me.

The philosophy of my Melody Learning Center

Indi­vi­duals with autism and their fami­lies face major chal­lenges every day. Helping them find stabi­lity in ever­yday life and giving them tech­ni­ques to over­come crisis situa­tions and to build heart connec­tions means a lot to me. With my Melody Lear­ning Center, I offer a unique lear­ning envi­ron­ment for children with special needs.

I go to the fami­lies who need my help and create an indi­vi­dually tailored lear­ning program that I adapt to your child’s ever-chan­ging needs.

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Testimonials

Psychologist of an institution

ABA/VB, which is based on the princi­ples of beha­vioral therapy, is an evidence-based, effec­tive and diffe­ren­tiated method of trea­ting autistic disor­ders. Due to the specia­li­za­tion on the circle of persons and the exten­sive empi­ri­cism, the proce­dure offers mani­fold and custom-fit inter­ven­tion possi­bi­li­ties, which a non-specia­lized form of beha­vior therapy (I perso­nally am licensed as a beha­vior thera­pist) cannot offer. In my work with autistic people, I often encounter children and adolescents for whom, in my esti­ma­tion (and knowing other methods such as TEACCH) ABA/VB offers the best and some­times the only support options. In the inte­rest of people with autism and their care­gi­vers, for whom ABA/VB offers possi­bi­li­ties of inter­ven­tion and help that other methods cannot offer, I consider this method indis­pensable. As I am not fami­liar with compa­rable offers and provi­ders in the region and beyond, I wish the Melody Lear­ning Center conti­nued success in its work.

Curative educator

As an active cura­tive educator, I came across the ABA/VB method through working with people affected by autism.

Since I attended ABA/VB trai­ning courses with two parents who have children affected by autism, we came into contact with the Melody Lear­ning Center. This resulted in an extre­mely fruitful coope­ra­tion.

Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, at the moment ABA/VB is not reco­gnized by the respon­sible autho­ri­ties, so that parents and schools are forced to look for finan­cing possi­bi­li­ties. This is usually diffi­cult and time-consuming, and a lot of time and energy is lost.

With Silke Johnson I got to know a very committed and compe­tent person. The help that she can bring to people of the autistic spec­trum and their envi­ron­ment, the parents and I did not know in this way until then!

Parents

Our 10 year old daughter is autistic. The diagnosis was made at the age of 4. At that time she could not speak a word and hid in the bed and behind the shower curtain. She also had many fears of animals and other things.

We did six years of inten­sive ABA/VB. For this purpose we conducted several days of super­vi­sion and work­shops with Silke Johnson.

Our daughter made a lot of progress thanks to ABA. Today she is much more acces­sible, is less anxious, and can speak a few words. Now, she can say when she is hungry or thirsty, when she doesn’t want some­thing or when some­thing hurts her.

We would like to thank Silke Johnson for her efforts and for sharing her know­ledge. She has helped make our daughter’s life easier.

Mother

Our 8-year-old son showed a number of proble­matic beha­vior, which brought us to our limits and made various domestic proce­dures almost unbe­arable. After contac­ting the Melody Lear­ning Center, we got an appoint­ment for an initial consul­ta­tion after only a short time. Then, we were accom­pa­nied by a compe­tent consul­tant for three days. The success was imme­diate. The deve­lop­ment of the token system and the use of rein­force­ment to increase moti­va­tion led to an imme­diate change in beha­vior. Espe­ci­ally the proble­matic eating beha­vior could be improved consi­der­ably. Through the follo­wing conti­nuous ABA/VB consul­ta­tions after­wards, further lear­ning goals could be achieved, such as signi­fi­cantly more varia­tion in the language and signi­fi­cantly more appro­priate beha­vior both in the home envi­ron­ment and at school.

Educator and co-therapist

Thanks to the excel­lent support from the Melody Lear­ning Center, we can now report enor­mous progress both with the autistic boy and with our entire team of thera­pists. The grea­test success is certainly that this child has deve­loped so posi­tively in such a multi-layered way that it can now attend regular school. This was preceded by three extre­mely grati­fying kinder­garten years, for which the profes­sional guid­ance of the Melody Lear­ning Center set the course very early on.

Parents

In the last two years our daughter has made enor­mous progress. She used to try to make herself felt by scratching and spit­ting. This was her way of commu­ni­ca­ting as she had no other language skills. Today she actively seeks eye contact with other children or adults. She can consciously address other people and reacts to their words and gestures. Many learned activi­ties, which are a matter of course for other children, give our daughter the feeling to be a part of the whole. Some­times it is the little things that make you feel special. Our daughter is now able to go to the toilet and she knows that she has to wash her hands after going to the toilet. She can do this almost comple­tely self-suffi­ci­ently.

During the sessions she learned to sit quietly at a table. This step was the prere­qui­site for her to be able to learn by herself. And this is really “special”, because we realize how much fun and joy our daughter has in lear­ning and how happy she is when she is chal­lenged!

In the name of our daughter we regret very much that the costs are not covered by the office. The impro­ve­ment in quality of life gained through ABA/VB would not have been possible without the profes­sional support of the Melody Lear­ning Center.

Parents

Our son (7 years) has infan­tile autism. We found ABA/VB while sear­ching for adequate forms of inter­ven­tion. The autism center near us announced a waiting period of at least one year. We did not want to accept this lost time for our son and there­fore looked around for alter­na­tives. We then contacted the Melody Lear­ning Center. The ABA/VB approach was exactly what we had rese­ar­ched in advance. At that time, our son was rela­tively immersed in his autistic world and spoke very little to hardly any of our “normal” language. Corre­spon­ding video record­ings docu­ment this star­ting point. Through several on-site visits, tele­phone calls and video analyses, indi­vi­dual programs were deve­loped that were adapted to the current state of deve­lop­ment. The progress achieved in the last 15 months, which was also docu­mented on video, is excel­lent and includes, among other things, the inde­pen­dent active use of language in the sense of expres­sing wishes, (vocal) search for inter­ac­tion with fellow human beings as well as an active under­stan­ding of a very large number of objects and know­ledge.

We as parents have bene­fitted a lot from the consul­ta­tions.

Parents

Our son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 4.

The doctor who diagnosed us made us aware of the Melody Lear­ning Center. From the very first day we felt well cared for and above all well looked after: our son’s willing­ness and ability to commu­ni­cate has deve­loped mira­cu­lously posi­tively and above all he was looking forward to every encounter with Silke.

Super­vi­sion of the Melody Lear­ning Center was also very important to us — it enabled us to receive posi­tive feed­back on the measures applied from an expe­ri­enced and compe­tent source. In the end, we are not profes­sio­nals and always have to rely a little on our gut feeling! But for us as parents, in addi­tion to the good feeling, the sustainable posi­tive deve­lop­ment of our son is also decisive, e.g. through the lear­ning programs for social compe­tence and the use of the token system in the class­room, we were able to see direct success. For us, the great care and support of Silke in the coope­ra­tion with teachers and other thera­pists is also a great advan­tage — not to forget the lear­ning of our co-thera­pists. All people involved have always given us a posi­tive feed­back regar­ding the coope­ra­tion with Silke — the results are also clearly reco­gniz­able for us. Our personal expe­ri­ence with the respon­sible autho­ri­ties and their personnel in the rele­vant posi­tions had prompted us to get legal assi­s­tance in order to get the costs covered for ABA/VB. We wish Silke conti­nued success — we were able to see the clear success of ABA/VB with the Melody Lear­ning Center for our son.

Testimonials

Parents

In the last two years our daughter has made enor­mous progress. She used to try to make herself felt by scratching and spit­ting. This was her way of commu­ni­ca­ting as she had no other language skills. Today she actively seeks eye contact with other children or adults. She can consciously address other people and reacts to their words and gestures. Many learned activi­ties, which are a matter of course for other children, give our daughter the feeling to be a part of the whole. Some­times it is the little things that make you feel special. Our daughter is now able to go to the toilet and she knows that she has to wash her hands after going to the toilet. She can do this almost comple­tely self-suffi­ci­ently.

During the sessions she learned to sit quietly at a table. This step was the prere­qui­site for her to be able to learn by herself. And this is really “special”, because we realize how much fun and joy our daughter has in lear­ning and how happy she is when she is chal­lenged!

In the name of our daughter we regret very much that the costs are not covered by the office. The impro­ve­ment in quality of life gained through ABA/VB would not have been possible without the profes­sional support of the Melody Lear­ning Center.

Psychologist of an institution

ABA/VB, which is based on the princi­ples of beha­vioral therapy, is an evidence-based, effec­tive and diffe­ren­tiated method of trea­ting autistic disor­ders. Due to the specia­li­za­tion on the circle of persons and the exten­sive empi­ri­cism, the proce­dure offers mani­fold and custom-fit inter­ven­tion possi­bi­li­ties, which a non-specia­lized form of beha­vior therapy (I perso­nally am licensed as a beha­vior thera­pist) cannot offer. In my work with autistic people, I often encounter children and adolescents for whom, in my esti­ma­tion (and knowing other methods such as TEACCH) ABA/VB offers the best and some­times the only support options. In the inte­rest of people with autism and their care­gi­vers, for whom ABA/VB offers possi­bi­li­ties of inter­ven­tion and help that other methods cannot offer, I consider this method indis­pensable. As I am not fami­liar with compa­rable offers and provi­ders in the region and beyond, I wish the Melody Lear­ning Center conti­nued success in its work.

Curative educator

As an active cura­tive educator, I came across the ABA/VB method through working with people affected by autism.

Since I attended ABA/VB trai­ning courses with two parents who have children affected by autism, we came into contact with the Melody Lear­ning Center. This resulted in an extre­mely fruitful coope­ra­tion.

Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, at the moment ABA/VB is not reco­gnized by the respon­sible autho­ri­ties, so that parents and schools are forced to look for finan­cing possi­bi­li­ties. This is usually diffi­cult and time-consuming, and a lot of time and energy is lost.

With Silke Johnson I got to know a very committed and compe­tent person. The help that she can bring to people of the autistic spec­trum and their envi­ron­ment, the parents and I did not know in this way until then!

Parents

Our 10 year old daughter is autistic. The diagnosis was made at the age of 4. At that time she could not speak a word and hid in the bed and behind the shower curtain. She also had many fears of animals and other things.

We did six years of inten­sive ABA/VB. For this purpose we conducted several days of super­vi­sion and work­shops with Silke Johnson.

Our daughter made a lot of progress thanks to ABA. Today she is much more acces­sible, is less anxious, and can speak a few words. Now, she can say when she is hungry or thirsty, when she doesn’t want some­thing or when some­thing hurts her.

We would like to thank Silke Johnson for her efforts and for sharing her know­ledge. She has helped make our daughter’s life easier.

Mother

Our 8-year-old son showed a number of proble­matic beha­vior, which brought us to our limits and made various domestic proce­dures almost unbe­arable. After contac­ting the Melody Lear­ning Center, we got an appoint­ment for an initial consul­ta­tion after only a short time. Then, we were accom­pa­nied by a compe­tent consul­tant for three days. The success was imme­diate. The deve­lop­ment of the token system and the use of rein­force­ment to increase moti­va­tion led to an imme­diate change in beha­vior. Espe­ci­ally the proble­matic eating beha­vior could be improved consi­der­ably. Through the follo­wing conti­nuous ABA/VB consul­ta­tions after­wards, further lear­ning goals could be achieved, such as signi­fi­cantly more varia­tion in the language and signi­fi­cantly more appro­priate beha­vior both in the home envi­ron­ment and at school.

Educator and co-therapist

Thanks to the excel­lent support from the Melody Lear­ning Center, we can now report enor­mous progress both with the autistic boy and with our entire team of thera­pists. The grea­test success is certainly that this child has deve­loped so posi­tively in such a multi-layered way that it can now attend regular school. This was preceded by three extre­mely grati­fying kinder­garten years, for which the profes­sional guid­ance of the Melody Lear­ning Center set the course very early on.

Parents

Our son (7 years) has infan­tile autism. We found ABA/VB while sear­ching for adequate forms of inter­ven­tion. The autism center near us announced a waiting period of at least one year. We did not want to accept this lost time for our son and there­fore looked around for alter­na­tives. We then contacted the Melody Lear­ning Center. The ABA/VB approach was exactly what we had rese­ar­ched in advance. At that time, our son was rela­tively immersed in his autistic world and spoke very little to hardly any of our “normal” language. Corre­spon­ding video record­ings docu­ment this star­ting point. Through several on-site visits, tele­phone calls and video analyses, indi­vi­dual programs were deve­loped that were adapted to the current state of deve­lop­ment. The progress achieved in the last 15 months, which was also docu­mented on video, is excel­lent and includes, among other things, the inde­pen­dent active use of language in the sense of expres­sing wishes, (vocal) search for inter­ac­tion with fellow human beings as well as an active under­stan­ding of a very large number of objects and know­ledge.

We as parents have bene­fitted a lot from the consul­ta­tions.

Parents

Our son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 4.

The doctor who diagnosed us made us aware of the Melody Lear­ning Center. From the very first day we felt well cared for and above all well looked after: our son’s willing­ness and ability to commu­ni­cate has deve­loped mira­cu­lously posi­tively and above all he was looking forward to every encounter with Silke.

Super­vi­sion of the Melody Lear­ning Center was also very important to us — it enabled us to receive posi­tive feed­back on the measures applied from an expe­ri­enced and compe­tent source. In the end, we are not profes­sio­nals and always have to rely a little on our gut feeling! But for us as parents, in addi­tion to the good feeling, the sustainable posi­tive deve­lop­ment of our son is also decisive, e.g. through the lear­ning programs for social compe­tence and the use of the token system in the class­room, we were able to see direct success. For us, the great care and support of Silke in the coope­ra­tion with teachers and other thera­pists is also a great advan­tage — not to forget the lear­ning of our co-thera­pists. All people involved have always given us a posi­tive feed­back regar­ding the coope­ra­tion with Silke — the results are also clearly reco­gniz­able for us. Our personal expe­ri­ence with the respon­sible autho­ri­ties and their personnel in the rele­vant posi­tions had prompted us to get legal assi­s­tance in order to get the costs covered for ABA/VB. We wish Silke conti­nued success — we were able to see the clear success of ABA/VB with the Melody Lear­ning Center for our son.