We are not indifferent to the fate of the growing number of children with autism and their families. During the journey of learning and studying how to effectively help these children and thus enable them to live a dignified life, we were attracted by the scientific discipline called Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is very effective in the treatment of children with disorders of the autistic spectrum. The data on its effectiveness are supported by many studies published in reputable medical journals. It is, however, not available in our country. This is why we decided to change this situation and established the Czech Society of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Our main goals are:
We owe it to children with autism.
David Kasal, Jana Gandalovičová, Karel Pančocha, Milena Němcová
In the Czech Republic, we see a year-on-year increase in the number of newly diagnosed children with autism spectrum disorders (hereinafter ASD). This handicap does not only have a major impact on the life of a person, but it also significantly affects their family and the society as a whole in many areas.
During the journey of learning and studying how to effectively help these children/people and thus enable them to live a dignified life, we became interested in Applied Behavior Analysis. Years of international experience in therapy for children and adolescents with ASD, as well as other disabilities, demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of ABA in reputable medical journals. It is, unfortunately, not available in our country.
The Czech Society of Applied Behavior Analysis:
- its founding responds to the unavailability of ABA to people, whom it can significantly help to achieve a more independent life and thus be less dependent on the help of people around them;
- the Society aims to:
- introduce the Czech professional society and general public to the possibilities of the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis in therapies for people with ASD and other diagnoses;
- actively participate in creating conditions for the introduction and development of ABA through the establishment and development of the non-medical field of ABA in accordance with international standards and the possibility of BACB certification;
- introduce ABA in childhood therapy after the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder in 18 to 24 months of age
- achieve ABA reimbursement from health insurance funds
- guarantee the correct practices of ABA certified analysts, therapists and practitioners, whom the Society will professionally associate with foreign partners, state institutions and especially people with ASD and their families who will use this therapy.
David Kasal, Jana Gandalovičová, Karel Pančocha, Milena Němcová
The Statutes of CS ABA, z.s. are available HERE
Who we are
senior doctor MUDr. David Kasal, MHA
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament,
Representative of the city of Chrudim,
Head of the Pediatric and Neonatal Department of the Chrudim Hospital
MUDr. Jana Gandalovičová
Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Mother of an ASD child
Winner of the following awards:
International Award Autism speaks 2017
Michael Hemingway Award 2018
doc. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, PhD.
Vice-Dean for Strategy and Internationalization, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University
Head of the Inclusive Education Research Institute, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University
Ing. Milena Němcová
Founding member of TESSEA
Member of the Carer’s Union team
Coordinator of the platform
Hope for Autimus
Defender of the rights of persons with disabilities
Mother of an ASD child
Professor Karola Dillenburger
Certified ABA analyst with the highest degree in the field (Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral: BCBA-D), clinical psychologist (a member of the Division of Clinical Psychologist, BPS), registered provider of healthcare (HCPC), member of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Professor and Director at the Center of Behavior Analysis and Education at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University of Belfast. She has participated in research on autism, parents’ education and dissemination of ABA for more than 20 years. She publishes widely in national and international journals and often lectures at international conferences.
Law Professor, mother of 3 children, of whom the eldest has been diagnosed with ASD. In 2005, as a Law Professor at Charleston School of Law, she wrote the breakthrough law known as “Ryan’s Law”, which was adopted by South Carolina in 2007. This law made ABA therapy for ASD children covered by health insurance. The adoption of the law initiated a nation-wide movement toward the reform for the reimbursement of ABA therapy. Since 2008, she has been working for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks as Vice President for State Affairs and continues her work for the benefit of persons with ASD. From her position, she has testified many times in a number of countries of the Union and outside it for the adoption of similar laws in favor of children with ASD. She has received numerous awards for her work: e.g. Jefferson Award for Public Service, ” Parent of the Year” award (along with her husband), Michael Hemingway award. Together, they released the acclaimed book Autism and the Law. She teaches at The George Washington University Law School.
Professor Mickey Keenan
, a member of the British Psychological Society, a certified ABA analyst with the highest
degree in the field (BCBA-D), a member of the Higher Education Academy. He is a Professor of Behavior Analysis at the Department of Psychology at Ulster University and has received many awards for his work in helping families and children with ASD in Ireland, such as the Distinguished Community Fellowship from the University of Ulster, the Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity from the British Psychological Society, a Personal Achievement Award from the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, the Award for Public Service to Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA), the Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis (for the STAMPPP Project; www.stamppp.com) from SABA, and the Michael Hemmingway Award, from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. He publishes in national and international journals. In November 2015 he became the first non-American awarded by the largest organization in the US – Autism Speaks – for outstanding continuous activity in defending ABA therapy for individuals with autism.
Prof. PhDr. Evžen Řehulka, CSc.
He graduated from the Masaryk University (MU, formerly UJEP) in Brno in psychology and special education. He has been working at MU since 1973 at the Department of Psychology (he worked for more than ten years as the Head of the Department of Psychology at the Masaryk University). He focuses on educational and biologically oriented psychology. He has completed a number of psychological trainings. He lectures psychopathology, neuropsychology, physiological psychology, mental health and psychology, and also publishes in these areas.
Prof. Neil Martin, BCBA-D
Director of International Development at BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), works in the Tizard Center, University of Kent at Canterbury as an honorary researcher. In 2007-2009, he worked as a research director at The Treehouse Trust and as an independent consultant. He is a member of the board of directors of the UK Society for Behavior Analysis and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International). He is a Leading Lecturer Professor of the BACB postgraduate study program in Romania, Croatia, Portugal and India, as well as a lecturer in IESCUM (European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior), Parma, Italy. He is the author of numerous articles, publications and e-learning courses. He regularly attends international conferences for ABA as the main speaker.
Mgr. Zuzana Maštenová, BCBA
completed her five-year studies of psychology in 2004, the study of Applied Behavior Analysis at UNT (University of North Texas) in 2010, and currently, she has completed the BCBA certification process (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Since 2004, she has been working under the guidance of certified analysts in Ireland, Scotland, England, and since 2011 she has been conducting home programs, parents’ and therapists’ trainings, and she regularly organizes educational workshops for parents and professionals.
Mgr. Ivana Trellová, BCBA
after finishing her master’s degree in special education at Ján Ámos Comenius University in Bratislava in May 2005, she moved to the USA, where she continued her studies in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at FIT (Florida Institute of Technology). She received her BCBA certificate in May 2012. She has been focusing on ABA since 2007 when she first began as an ABA therapist for the integration of children with ASD into kindergartens and elementary schools in the State of New York. There, she worked with children from age 3 to develop their communication and socialization skills. Her previous experience includes preparation of ABA programs, but also correcting problem behavior in children with ASD. She worked as a behavior analyst in the largest boarding school for children with ASD in New York (Anderson Center for Autism). Since obtaining a certificate in ABA, Ivana continues her professional development and regularly attends lectures and conferences in the United States.
Mgr. Lucie Čížková, RBT
completed her master’s degree in Social Policy and Social Work in 2007. In 2015, she completed the educational course for registered behavior technicians and learned practical skills in applied behavior analysis during her stay in the Anderson Center for Autism, New York, USA (2015/2016). Between 2005 and 2015 she worked in various professional positions in the organization APLA Prague, Central Bohemia, o.s. Since 2016, she has been working in the organization Nautis, z. ú., providing the service of Early Intervention at the Department of ABA therapy.
Interview with Lorri Unumb in Respekt.
Dr. Kasal for the Atyp magazín.
Interview with Prof. K. Dillenburger a Prof. Keenan for the Slovakian press.
Comprehensive teaching of VB ABA
Prezentation by M. Sunberg, the author of VB MAPP
The Report of Ontario Scientific Expert Task Force for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder April 2017: A well-arranged and comprehensive material – applied behavior analysis as the gold standard in interventions in children and adults with autism.
Rober Schramm, BCBA about his journey towards ABA.
The Honorary Member of CSBA Prof. Karola Dillenburger cited in The Irish News.
Extraordinary educational material on ABA and manifestations of undesirable behavior in children with ASD – by, among others, the Honorary Members of CS ABA Prof. Mickey Keenan and Prof. Karola Dillenburger and PEATni:
The CS ABA YouTube
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