Foundations for Learning is pleased to announce our new Autism Consultancy Service, based in Hinteregg near Zurich and run by Amanda Preussler.

Amanda Preussler  moved to Zurich from New York City. Following her Master’s degree in education, Amanda has spent the last 12 years working with children ranging in age from 3 to  15 with a wide range of autism spectrum disorders, including preverbal and verbal children and children with Asperger’s syndrome. She is qualified in Applied Behaviour Analysis and in Verbal Behaviour therapy, has experience with the Picture Exchange System (PECS) and has been trained in the principles of the TEACCH program (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children). Amanda has a Masters degree in education.

For further information and appointments, please click here to contact Amanda Preussler or telephone: 078 625 2055

Behavior analysis (ABA)
Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” includes any influence – physical or social – that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.

Verbal Behavior Therapy (VB)
Verbal Behavior Therapy teaches communication using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and the theories of behaviorist B.F. Skinner. By design, Verbal Behavior Therapy motivates a child, adolescent or adult to learn language by connecting words with their purposes. The student learns that words can help obtain desired objects or other results.

Behavioral modification
The behavioral modification program is based on training the child to behave in a more appropriate and socially accepted manner. This should consist of an immediate correction of any aberrant behavior, utilizing a special holding technique to overcome temper tantrums.

Home visits for:

  • ABA / VB therapy
  • parent training
  • setting up behaviour programs

School consultancy for:

  • academic / social / behavioural support
  • environmental adjustments to meet learning needs
  • setting up behavior modification systems

Other programms

  • Social Skills groups
  • Community outings
  • Job skills training
  • Staff training