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What is Behaviour Support?
The Autism SA Psychology, Behaviour Support and Counselling team offers a Behaviour Support program depending on the needs of the individual and the funding available, and can provide services to all genders, ages, and intellectual and developmental levels.
Behaviour can broadly be thought of as how we act and respond in and to the many different situations we encounter in our lives. An individual on the autism spectrum may respond to or interpret situations and interactions with others in unexpected ways.
Behaviour support programs are developed with individuals and, where relevant, an individuals parents or care team. The focus for autistic individuals is to develop a range of skills including emotional regulation and social competency to enhance wellbeing.
For families and care teams, supports focus on developing capacity and skills related to supporting a person on the autism spectrum to enhance quality of life and wellbeing. This may include Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) training and skills development delivered through a series of face-to-face sessions, resource development, or a written behaviour program and a therapy report including recommendations.
Behaviour Mentoring Program
A trained mentor will work as a part of the support team to provide practical and emotional support in the home, school or community while an individual goes about their regular their regular daily life. The focus of the program is to support an autistic individual to achieve the behavioural objectives and goals outlined in the therapeutic program.
Positive Behaviour Support Program
The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) program is suitable for autistic people who display behaviours of concern, which impacts a persons quality of life. The program involves the development of a PBS Plan that can be used across environments, such as home and school.
Individuals and their families and/or support teams are provided with a personalised PBS Plan, and a therapy report including recommendations through a series of direct and indirect sessions.
An individualised positive behaviour support plan will focus on making changes in an individual’s environment and teaching new skills.
How can I benefit from a Positive Behaviour Support Plan?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an evidence-based framework with the goal of increasing a person’s quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of behaviours of concern.
An individualised Positive Behaviour Support Plan will focus on making changes in an individual’s environment and teaching new skills to reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of behaviours of concern. The plan is tailored to the specific needs of the individual and their support network.
How can I access the service?
For more information about supports and services at Autism SA, please contact My Pathways on 1300 288 476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism SA is accredited and registered as a provider through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This means that you can pay for services at Autism SA with your NDIS funding, or you may pay yourself, through fee for service.