Positive Behaviour Support Plans

We use Positive Behaviour Support to building of capacity of our clients and reduce behaviours of concern.

We work with clients and their support networks to develop Positive Behaviour Support Plans. Our plans are tailored to our clients’ needs and circumstances. They contain positive and proactive strategies designed to prevent difficult behaviours and behaviours of concern.

Positive Behaviour Support Plans are also used to assist clients to communicate more effectively, while providing support people and carers the tools that they require to encourage positive communication. Our Positive Behaviour Support Plans are based upon our functional assessment of client need and contain:

  • Practical proactive strategies to avoid behavioural escalations, but also reactive strategies to de-escalate difficult situations. The primary intervention in our plans is prevention. We aim to equip those around our clients to better understand the function of our clients’ difficult behaviours (i.e. what the need behind the behaviour is).
  • Practical reactive strategies We equip those around our clients with practical strategies to safely defuse escalations, as well as establishing boundaries and ensuring the safety of our clients and those around them.

We acknowledge that there are some circumstances where limits and boundaries have been put in place to keep a client and those around them safe (for example, in supported accommodation). The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission calls these boundaries/strategies restrictive practices.

Where restrictive practices are being used, we work with the client’s implementing provider (i.e. workplace, accommodation provider), treating team and endorsing medical practitioners to maintain the client’s dignity, choice and control. We work with our client’s team to identify strategies to minimise the need for restrictive practices.

Functional assessments

We develop Positive Behaviour Support Plans informed by thorough functional assessments.

Functional Assessments are used to better understand the function (purpose) of complex or challenging behaviours from the perspective of the client. To do this we observe and analyse the client in their environments and social relationships, to identify key drivers of behavioural issues.

All people learn behavioural strategies to get their needs met. Some of our clients continue behaviours learned early in life that do not suit them well as they grow older. For example, hitting someone instead of asking for help. These behaviours then become barriers to relationships and participation in the community.

Working with us

If you would like to discuss Positive Behaviour Support Plans please contact us. We prepare Positive Behaviour Support Plans and Functional Assessments under the following funding lines:

  • Improved Relationships – Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support (11_022_0110_7_3)
  • Improved Relationships – Behaviour Management Plan and Training (11_023_0110_7_3)
  • Improved Daily Living – Capacity Building Supports for Early Childhood (15_040_0118_1_3)
  • Improved Daily Living – Individual Assessment, Therapy and/or training (15_048_01228_1_3)