Positive Behaviour Support

What is Pos­i­tive Behav­iour Support?

Pos­i­tive behav­iour sup­port is an evi­dence based approach. It is proven to be suc­cess­ful in increas­ing qual­i­ty of life and reduc­ing behav­iours of con­cern. It is not a fad or buzz­word and is based on research. It aims to improve a person’s qual­i­ty of life and reduce behav­iours of concern. 

When you improve a person’s qual­i­ty of life, they often don’t need to use behav­iours of con­cern any­more. Qual­i­ty of life can be improved by active­ly assist­ing a per­son to live the life they want to lead. Mak­ing sure the person’s rights are upheld and assist­ing the per­son to devel­op per­son­al rela­tion­ships, improve their health, be more active in the com­mu­ni­ty, or devel­op per­son­al­ly. When peo­ple are hap­pi­ly engaged in doing the things they like, with the peo­ple they like, they tend not to use behav­iours of con­cern. It’s the same for all of us.

Pos­i­tive Behav­iour sup­port is a group effort between the per­son, their car­ers and any oth­er impor­tant peo­ple in their life. This could include peo­ple like their doc­tor, work­place, school, ther­a­pist or sup­port coor­di­na­tor. Our team are all skilled in behav­iour sup­port assess­ment and inter­ven­tion, using meth­ods that are evi­dence based or informed and col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly developed. 

They are able to work with you to under­stand the sit­u­a­tion, build on the sup­port net­works skills and strengths and design a plan that con­sid­ers the person’s unique sit­u­a­tion. This can include look­ing at the per­son, their envi­ron­ment and oth­ers in the person’s life. 

Prac­ti­tion­ers are able to sup­port peo­ple at all stages of life, from ear­ly child­hood all the way through to ageing.

Under the NDIS, Woolly­butt Spe­cial­ist Ser­vices’ team of prac­ti­tion­ers can pro­vide sup­port ser­vices under the sup­port clus­ter Improved Rela­tion­ships’. There are two sup­port items par­tic­i­pants can ask for:

  • Spe­cial­ist Behav­iour­al Inter­ven­tion Sup­port; or
  • Behav­iour Man­age­ment Plan, train­ing in man­age­ment strategies

Some of the ser­vices and activ­i­ties that can be offered under improved rela­tion­ship include;

  • Behav­iour Assess­ment (and Report)
  • Devel­op­ment of a Pos­i­tive Behav­iour Sup­port Plan
  • Sup­port with Restrict­ed Prac­tices Autho­ri­sa­tion (RPA) processes
  • Train­ing in any plans or relat­ed skills/​knowledge e.g. what is pos­i­tive behav­iour sup­port, what is Prad­er-Willi Syn­drome? What is Depres­sion? This can be deliv­ered to Indi­vid­u­als or groups.
  • Skill devel­op­ment e.g. reward sys­tems, devel­op­ing rou­tines, build­ing inde­pen­dence, social skills, under­stand­ing and han­dling emo­tions, prob­lem solving
  • Con­sul­ta­tion e.g. dur­ing cri­sis, transition

What is a pos­i­tive behav­iour sup­port plan?

A pos­i­tive behav­iour sup­port plan describes sup­port for a per­son who uses behav­iours of con­cern. A pos­i­tive behav­iour sup­port plan should describe: Why the per­son uses behav­iours of con­cern. How the envi­ron­ment can be changed to make this behav­iour unnec­es­sary. Spe­cif­ic ways to teach the per­son new skills so they don’t need to use behav­iours of con­cern to get their needs met. Clear pro­ce­dures for respond­ing to behav­iours of con­cern with­out pun­ish­ment. A process to track plan imple­men­ta­tion and out­comes, e.g. evi­dence of skills devel­op­ment and fre­quen­cy, inten­si­ty and dura­tion of behav­iours of concern.