Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA (Certificant #1-04-1960)

Rboert is Meridian’s Behaviour Analyst Practice Lead. Robert grew up very close to his uncle Mickey who was born with Down Syndrome. It is because of a desire to see better lives for people like Mickey that Robert became a Special Education instructor. A certified teacher in Illinois and then California after graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1991, Robert earned his Master’s degree in special education from California State University – Dominguez Hills. He then finished the required studies to get his Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst by the University of North Texas in 2002. During this time he worked for 7 years in the public school system as a special education teacher in California. This included time as one of California’s first “Inclusion Specialists” for the Manhattan Beach school district. In addition to his University education, Robert has also had the pleasure of participating in 3 workshops with Verbal Behavior/ABA Specialist, Dr. James Partington in California and 2 workshops from the Carbone clinic in New York (two of the leading names in modern ABA). Additionally Robert has engaged in many other ABA and Verbal Behavior workshops and trainings around the world including Dr. Mark Sundberg’s recent workshop on his assessment, “The VB-MAPP.” Robert has also received training in TEACCH, PECS, Sign Language, Floortime, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention among other areas. Robert’s book “Motivation and Reinforcement” was published in 2006 (2nd edition in 2011) and Robert has become a highly sought after international Speaker giving workshops and presentations on ABA/VB around the world. Additionally, for the winter semester of 2009 Robert was given a professorship at Oldenburg University. He also has co-authored a chapter on Verbal Behavior in Sven Boelte’s University textbook called “Autismus.” In 2014 Robert was named a faculty advisor for the Bancroft special education school in Chicago, consulting directly with the school’s director of education. He also finished his second book in 2015 called “The 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control” and was the invited Keynote Speaker at the Michigan Autism Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Robert brings all of this knowledge and experience to his work with children as well as his training and supervision of the Meridian Rehab staff. To keep up with the latest information and techniques, Robert continues to attend workshops and seminars around the world with the goal of staying on top of the latest information and developments in the field.

 

Robert’s recent workshops and congresses of attendance:

2017: A Parent-Mediated Naturalistic Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with ASD – Jennifer Hughes, BCBA – FABA 2017
2017: Brain or Behavior? Ethical Considerations when Intervening on “Autistic” Behaviors – Teresa Daly – FABA 2017
2016: ABA International Convention: Gateway Back to the Community: Using ABA to Transition Institutionalized Individuals to Community Based Care, Dr. Rishi Chelminski – Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Gateway Back to the Community: Using ABA to Transition Institutionalized Individuals to Community Based Care, Dr. Rishi Chelminski – Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Basic Skills for Learning Perspective Taking in Children with Autism, Dr. Jeremy H. Greenburg – Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Advancements in Application of Varied Functional Analysis Methodology, Dr. Tyra P. Sellers – Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Establishing Social Reinforcers via Two Social Learning Conditions, Dr. Jessica Singer-Dudek – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science to Neurological Rehabilitation, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: Advancements in the area of Functional Analysis: Complex Models in Public School Settings, Mark J. Palmieri – Chair – Chicago IL, USA (Workshop)
2016: ABA International Convention: The Ethics of and Alternatives to Traditional Escape Extinction in Education and Home Settings – Chicago IL, USA (Presenter together with Megan Miller, Steve Ward, Heather Gilmore, with Dr. Wayne Fuqua)
2015: 
Michigan Autism Conference: Essential Competencies for Practitioners Working with Individuals with Autism, Mary Jane Weiss – Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Workshop)
2015: Michigan Autism Conference: Five Groups of Evidence that Severe Problem Behavior is Often Predictable and Orderly, Timothy Vollmer – Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Workshop)
2015: Michigan Autism Conference: Motivating Learner Participation with the 7 Steps to Earning Instructional Control – Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Presenter)
2015: FABA Conference: Practical Assessment and Treatement of Problem Behavior Associated with Autism, Dr. Greg Hanley – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Motivating Learner Participation: An Alternative to Traditional Escape Extinction Methods – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Presenter)
2015: FABA Conference: Autism Treatment: A Rich History and Promising Future, Bridgette Taylor – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Recent Research on Educational Applications of ABA,  Discussant – David Wilder – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Problems in ABA: What They Are and How We Can Address Them Organizationally, Chair Dr Jon Bailey – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Dissemination and Support of Behavior Analysis Through Social Media, Corey Robertson – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Task as a Reinforcer: A Reactive Alternative to Escape Extinction, Steve Ward – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Individualized Treatments for the Reflexive Conditioned Motivating Operation, Steve Ward – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: The Role of Joint Control in Teaching Complex Listener Responding to Children with Autism and other Disabilities, Dr. Vince Carbone – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Behavioral Interventions in Educational Settings (research studies in ABA), Chair Jeanine Tanz – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)
2015: FABA Conference: Ethical Considerations and Exploration of Alternatives to Forced Prompting – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Presenter together with Megan Miller, BCBA)
2015: FABA Conference: Beyond the Basics: Extensions on Toilet Training, Kari Womack – Daytona Beach, FL, USA (Workshop)