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What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) aims to improve quality of life, and to increase an individual’s choice and control over their life. The implementation of PBS supports can decrease behaviours of concern, teach new skills, and create environments that people can engage in activities that bring them joy.
PBS services are available for individuals of all ages and developmental levels. Depending on the funding available, two types of PBS supports are available: Positive Behaviour Support Plan (Improved Relationships) or Behaviour Support and Therapy (Improved Daily Living or Fee for Service).
Positive Behaviour Support Plan (Improved Relationships)
The development and implementation of a Positive Behaviour Support Plan is suitable for individuals with a NDIS plan, who have received funding under the Improved Relationships budget. NDIA registered Behaviour Practitioners will work with the individual and their care team to conduct a Functional Behaviour Assessment, and can include data collection, semi-structured interviews, direct observations and skills assessment. This assessment will be used to inform the Positive Behaviour Support plan, which is tailored to the needs and strengths of the individual.
A Positive Behaviour Support plan includes proactive strategies, response strategies and a skill development plan that support the needs of the individual. Once the Positive Behaviour Support Plan is developed, Behaviour Practitioners implement the plan. Implementation involves training families and carers, and continuous monitoring of the progress and effectiveness of strategies.
Therapeutic Behaviour Support (Improved Daily Living or Fee for Service)
Under the Therapeutic Behaviour Support program, NDIA registered Behaviour Practitioners will work with the individual and care team to understand the individual’s strengths and challenges. Using a person-centred approach, principles of positive behaviour support will be used to collect and analyse data on behaviours of concern. A plan will be developed to support parents with individualised strategies they can implement to create a supportive environment for the individual, with the aim of increasing the individual’s quality of life, choice and control. This may include capacity building, modelling and consultation with the care team. The Behaviour Practitioner may also work with the individual on development of skills that have been identified as a focus through collaborative goal setting, in direct therapy sessions.
The Therapeutic Behaviour Support program is suitable for clients/care teams who require support regarding a client’s behaviours of concern but have not been funded under the Improved Relationships budget. The Behaviour Practitioner will monitor the individual’s progress and support outcomes over the course of the program.
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 Positive Behaviour Support services?
Positive Behaviour Support services can be accessed in-clinic, at school, home, or in the community. We also provide Positive Behaviour Support services via telehealth, meaning we can support people who live regionally, remote or even interstate.
To learn more and to register your interest, please contact the intake team on 8379 6976 or email email@example.com.
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.