Violence Protection Concept

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1. Introduction and Attitude

Knospe-Lerncenter GmbH offers comprehensive, evidence-based support for positive community participation and appropriate schooling for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.

Our aim is to prepare each learner, according to their unique strengths and challenges, to live, work, and engage effectively in society.

We achieve this through efficient 1:1 support in our learning centers, complemented by formative environments like home, kindergarten, and school. Our support promotes participation while prioritizing the learner's independence, well-being, and safety. We teach learners to utilize the benefits of their daily environment, express their needs, and establish boundaries. The learner's experiences, interests, desires, and ideas are pivotal in our program development and guide our approach. Caregivers are taught to be attentive to what the learner communicates, particularly through behavior. Students learn to consent to or reject guidance based on their personal boundaries. Without the learner’s assent, the measure cannot succeed.

The fundamental task of every Knospe-Lerncenter GmbH employee is to build a meaningful, reciprocal relationship with our learners, engaging with their interests and desires, and accepting them as they are. Our primary focus is meeting learners where they are at any moment, aiding them in acquiring desired skills to enhance communication and community interaction. Our programs are driven by a commitment to enjoyable, learner-guided interactions. This can only be achieved through non-violent, non-aggressive engagement.

Our support programs are tailored for each learner within their personal environment. The 1:1 support in our center, provided by tutors and consultants, is augmented by the involvement of parents and other key caregivers. In this manner, we contribute significantly to an inclusive society, offering learners with disabilities equal participation opportunities according to their capabilities. Our learners, with varying degrees of challenges, may have cognitive and physical limitations, limited communication abilities, care needs, and challenging behavior. The inherent power imbalance in the guide–learner relationship can foster aggression, necessitating conscious management and continual self-reflection. It's equally vital to guide parents/guardians in navigating this imbalance.

At the Lerncenter, tutors receive regular supervision during support sessions. Consultants and management are also supervised and trained for self-reflection. Knospe-Lerncenter GmbH strictly opposes any form of violence or transgressive behavior, embedding protection against violence in our work structures.

This protection initiative aims to support Knospe-Lerncenter employees in their responsibility towards learners and their families and caregivers, raising awareness of the guide–learner power dynamics. Sensitizing our staff, the learners' environments, and above all, consistently empowering learners to defend their rights is our strongest safeguard against violence and vulnerability.

We concentrate on fortifying the family environment, guiding caregivers in their interactions, and fostering long-term growth to navigate daily challenges and address problematic behavior. While our work may sometimes be reactive, our goal is always proactive prevention for our learners.

What is the fundamental task of every employee?
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    World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. (2003). <em>World report on violence and health: Executive summary.</em> Copenhagen, Denmark: Author.
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    Galtung, J., & Fischer, D. (2013). Johan Galtung’s books (1953–2012). In Johan Galtung (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice, Vol. 5). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32481-9_2

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