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.