Mission: Leading the way in effective treatment by providing comprehensive services to individuals with autism.
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KGH is an innovative therapy center providing comprehensive services to individuals, and their families, with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related learning, behavioral, and/or social difficulties ranging from infancy through young adulthood.
KGH provides treatment, consultation, education, support, and empowerment to you, your child, and your family. Whether it is parent training, SLP, OT, social groups, or ABA therapy, KGH uses evidence-based treatment in order to ensure the best outcome for you, your child, and your family. Please visit our Program Guides for detailed descriptions of all the specific services we offer.
Each innovative clinic has been created and designed to best meet the social, emotional, academic, sensory, and functionally independent needs of each individual. In addition to the clinic setting we also offer off-site services. This includes:
Parents and professionals often ask how KGH began. I find myself answering that question like this:
I started working with Johnny, a two-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, my sophomore year in college. I found the job posting on my psychology department bulletin board, excited that it paid more than working in the library. Knowing absolutely nothing about autism other than what I read in my psych books, I knocked on the door of this little boy’s house. Upon entering, this cute little boy, who refused to make eye contact, gave me his teddy bear. His father quickly offered me the job. When I inquired as to the rush of the job offer, he said, “Watch”. He attempted to take Johnny’s teddy bear, the one he just offered me. Johnny began screaming, kicking, hitting, etc. Johnny’s father informed me that Johnny never gives up his teddy bear, and that I was the first person to whom he had ever offered the bear.
Leaving the house with a treatment schedule, I immediately thought, “What am I getting myself into?” Shortly after the start of his in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, the consultant moved away and the other therapists on his team quit, leaving me as his only therapist. I was forced to quickly learn not only how to teach a child with autism, but also what to teach a child with autism. I worked with Johnny 2 ½ hours a day, six days a week for 3 ½ years. We went through tough times and intense behaviors. I often found myself creating materials from magazines since his family did not have the financial resources to buy the needed teaching materials. We also went through great times, hearing his first words (“shoe” and “ball”) and watching the school bus pick him up for the first day of kindergarten (regular kindergarten, that is!!). Along the way, I learned a great deal about autism, as well as how autism affects the family.
Over the years of working with numerous clients with various learning, developmental and social abilities as well as spending countless hours reading evidence-based research literature, I came to realize that in order to successfully teach, it was my responsibility to learn the various types of teaching approaches and then individualize each child’s treatment based on the specific needs and learning style of that child.
So how did KGH get started? It started with a little boy named Johnny and blossomed into several therapists with similar desires and goals: to do what we can to help our clients achieve their maximum potential!
Welcome to our website and good luck and best wishes for you and your family!
Kim Garvey Hoehne, M.A., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Child Development Specialist
Founder/Owner of KGH
At KGH, we believe our client’s success is only as good as their therapy teams. Because of this, KGH is dedicated to ensuring that all of our employees receive the best in initial training, continued supervision support, and access to the most innovative treatment technology.
Not only do we provide you with more initial training than anyone around, but we take it even a step further and provide you with monthly monitoring checks so you can feel secure that the therapy you are providing adheres to our best-practice standards.
You will feel great about your treatment skills, have highly skilled collegues to work with, and feel great satisfaction watching the client’s grow and learn; all a result of your hard work and support!
Our KGH Employee Vision
KGH is dedicated to creating a team of people who are inspired to be the very best they can be and who are devoted to making a positive difference in those they support. Having this strong commitment, we do what it takes to be the most sought out place to work for in this field!
What is the experience like working with KGH?
KGH lives and breathes by our six core values. They are:
I have been working at KGH Autism Services part-time (Less than a year)
I have a hard time referring to KGH as a company because it feels much more like a family to me. The environment is extremely welcoming and all members of the team are always willing to help each other. Every single member of the team, from the part-time employees to the leadership team, appears to be here for the right reasons. It is evident through their interactions with clients, family members, and each other that everyone at KGH wants to help children and their motives are pure. More so, KGH is the only place I have ever worked for that TRULY LIVES out its values. Often times, values are beautiful words written on a wall or in an employee handbook that get referenced from time to time. However, this is absolutely NOT the case at KGH. Every single day, the employees at KGH live out the values and are even recognized for teamwork, compassion, integrity, responsibility to clients, innovation and being happy. The fact that “Be Happy” is a VALUE at KGH speaks volumes in and of itself. Employees nominate one another when they see examples of these values and then the employees are awarded Values t-shirts. It is an outstanding program, and people really feel that their efforts are appreciated! I think morale is very high because people feel respected, appreciated, and are therefore motivated to work even harder to produce even greater results. Until now, I have spoken mainly about the staff at KGH. I should also mention that the children we work with and their families are absolutely amazing! These children and their families are beautiful people with unique needs who have partnered with KGH in an effort to achieve success in all different forms. The community, including employees, clients, families, the leadership team, is something truly special. Working at KGH is different than just working at any job; it is more of a calling.
There are certainly many more “pros” than “cons” to working at KGH. The only “con” that I can even think of is that sometimes it gets a little loud in the clinic because there are so many children that we are serving and many of them come to KGH at the same time of the day (i.e. after school). However, as long as a person is patient and flexible, he or she can easily adapt to the noise level, especially when recognizing that the noise is that of children growing, learning, and excelling.
Advice to Management
The training that I have received at KGH has been phenomenal! I am immensely impressed with the amount of support and encouragement that I have received since starting at KGH! My advice to management is to please continue to train new employees in such an outstanding manner! It is very important for me to be able to ask questions to ensure understanding and I have never been afraid to ask any question to my manager. She is always willing to answer questions, clarify, and provide support to ensure my success. The entire leadership team truly values the opinions of employees, which I think is very admirable and really helps with the morale. I would encourage management to continue to recognize employees for their efforts.