Jessica Pengelly

M.Sc. Psychopathologie und klinische Psychologie

Jessica graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University in Wales. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) was one of the modules in this course, which introduced her to the basics of ABA. Alongside her studies in 2018, Jessica worked as an ABA tutor for 8 months, where she was able to put theory into practice and start developing her skills in ABA. While working on her undergraduate degree in South Africa, in 2013, Jessica volunteered at Headway, where she assisted therapists in their work with adults with brain injuries. In 2015, Jessica was employed at Eagle Springs Programs in Pennsylvania, USA, to work with mentally and physically disabled adults over the summer. Over this period, she was a “specialist”, organizing creative and fun events for the campers and assisting them in horse riding and other farm activities. Many individuals with Autism attended the camp, which has offered experience working with and for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Jessica realized that these individuals had not been supported well in their educations and was therefore, extremely interested in finding a way to help support them better. Once she learned about ABA from her university course and saw the progress that was made with the child she worked with Jessica was hooked. Moving to Germany, Jessica applied to work at Knospe-ABA and attended the workshops that are integral to Robert Schramm´s ABA/VB program. Jessica started the intensive training to become an ABA/VB consultant with Knospe-ABA, traveling with and learning from different consultants and supervisors, working with approximately 50 different children with ASD and other developmental delays during her training. Jessica has been working throughout Germany to help parents to help their children, by supporting them closely with their child’s ABA/VB program.