Positive Behaviour Support is a modern approach to challenging behaviours. It has gained international acceptance and is being adopted by many organizations and government departments in the disability sector. Its goals are to assist a person in engaging in less challenging behaviour and increase their quality of life.
Able2 works with young people and their carers and other support services to provide them with the strategies they need to promote positive behaviour change within their life.
Our practitioners consider the young person as a whole within the system in which they live their life.
Our practice seeks to…
- Understand the reasons for behaviour
- Focus on prevention
- Teach new skills
- Reduce the use of restrictive interventions
Our Behaviour Support Roadmap:
- Discussion – with the young person, their family and/or carers
- Initial assessment – this helps practitioners better understand who the young person is and why they use certain behaviours and the factors contributing to it
- An initial hypothesis is developed to form a framework for the next stages. The hypothesis is open and will be changed to incorporate new information
- Observation – observing participants in different environments to confirm or further develop the initial hypothesis
- A Functional Assessment is written that incorporates all the work done to date. This document forms the basis of the Behaviour Support Plan (BSP)
- Goals – participants, their families and/or their carers, set goals related to behaviour change
- BSP is finalised – the BSP sets out findings and includes a support plan that addresses behaviours with strategies including skill building, managing triggers, managing sensory issues and changes in the young person’s environment or schedule
- Implementation and Skill Training – Implementation of the plan along with skill training for the participant, their support staff and families
- Development and review – Development and review of Behaviour Support Plan
Behaviour Support typically involves upwards of 30 hours of work, split approximately into 3 parts of 10 hours hours each: Assessment and observation, report writing; and finally, Implementation.
If a Behaviour Support Plan includes Restrictive Practices, such as the use of medication and/or physical restraint, this could incur more time and will involve detailed reporting to both the NDIS and NSW FACS.