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Startup in the barn instead of the garage

This is how a startup is born. After almost 30 years in the profession, you sit in a congress and listen to a convincing lecture on attachment theory in therapy and pedagogy, and think: You should see to it that the professional association organizes a longer continuing education course on this subject. No sooner said than done. And because one also wants to convey what one has learned to parents and teachers in a catchy way, one designs a game board-like visualization aid. You show it to the professor. He says: “Very good. Develop it further.” And later, “We’re planning a study, and this would fit in well.” Then you have to decide: Seize the opportunity and develop it professionally – or continue tinkering.

On August 1, 2021, I reduced my employment as a school psychologist to a few hours per week and soon handed over the management of the Rothenburg school service completely in order to devote myself fully to the new instrument. Since I don’t own a garage, our art and carnival studio in a barn serves as my office.
Everything was prototypical for a long time, but in the summer of 2022 the graphic designer put the finishing touches to the product, the game manufacturer printed and punched, the beta version of the game designers for the apps went through the test loops and the first data collections for the validation study at the University of Rostock under the direction of Prof. Dr. Henri Julius were made. The distribution is launched.
On September 23, 2021, the first public presentation of the prototype took place, a lecture together with the PhD student conducting the study, Ronja Bohnenkamp, at the Federal German School Psychology Congress, online “in” Hannover. On November 12, 2021, the first public live presentation to an expert audience followed at the Swiss School Psychology Congress in Biel/Bienne. This was soon followed by further training for specialists in school psychology, psychotherapy and education. Since 2023, I have also been able to present the bonding board in the field of special education as a guest lecturer at the Lucerne University of Teacher Education and a project with several master’s theses is under development. More … in our news timeline

The developer


Lothar Steinke, lic.phil., Psychologist FSP


  • Psychology studies at the University of Fribourg / Switzerland (final diploma lic.phil./Master/MSc),
  • Postgraduate specialist title in child and adolescent psychology FSP, Federation of Swiss Psychologists,
  • Supervision (Coaching) certificate, Institute for Systemic Development and Training IEF,
  • School principal training, LWB (now part of the Lucerne University of Teacher Education),

Continuing education with CAS scope:

  • School Psychology in the Context of School Development, IEF Zurich
  • Psychology of Giftedness, PSI Theory and TOP Diagnostics, DZBF / University of Osnabrück
  • Attachment-guided interventions in child and adolescent psychology, SKJP / University of Rostock


  • Federation of Swiss Psychologists  FSP
  • Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology SKJP/ASPEA
  • Association of Psychologists in Central Switzerland VIPP
  • Association Attachment Network
  • International Test Commission ITC
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID:


  • Nearly 30 years working as school psychologist
  • Director of a regional school service with school psychology and speech therapy services as well as a psychomotics therapy unit and school social work
  • Head of the Cantonal Conference of School Service Managers in the Canton of Lucerne
  • Member of the Pedagogical Commission Kindergarten of the Canton of Lucerne
  • Member of the Supervisory Commission for the Bellerive Kindergarten Seminar, Lucerne
  • Member of the Continuing Education Commission of the Association of Central Swiss Psychologists VIPP
  • Co-editor of the Newsletter of the Cantonal School Psychology Conference, Lucerne
  • Supervisor/guest lecturer at the Lucerne University of Teacher Education
  • Guest lecturer at the Intercantonal University for Special Needs Education HfH Zurich
  • Co-instructor of the final colloquia of the specialist training in child and adolescent psychology of the Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology SKJP


  • Laureate of the Swiss Child and Adolescent Psychology Award 2022, a recognition award of the Swiss Association for Child and Adolescent Psychology SKJP/ASPEA, for the long-standing commitment to the promotion of young psychologists