Our specialist team of highly qualified practitioners include:
Mentor team leaders
Our team uses ‘Positive Behaviour Support’ which is an evidence-based approach, with the main goal of increasing quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of challenging behaviours.
Positive Behaviour Support works towards:
Helping the person understand their daily life, using clearer ways of communicating
Changing their environment to make it work better
Improving the person’s lifestyle so they have enjoyable activities to keep them involved and motivated
Educating those involved to better support and encourage the person
Pearson Allied Health offers:
Group based programs that focus on social skills, anxiety, resilience, skill development, parenting and behaviour support
Advice, support and consultation relating to behavioural and/or psychological difficulties
Provision of ongoing 1:1 therapeutic support, this can include assisting with the following:
Emotional regulation (anxiety, stress and anger)
Our team will work closely together with the participant, their support network and our extended therapy team, to meet the new requirements in SA for behaviour support plans, especially when there are restrictive practices in place.
We will work together to collect all required documentation, complete assessments and provide training to support the participant and their support network to reduce the impact of the challenging behaviours.
If a restrictive practice is identified and then ultimately recommended, we will complete all paperwork as required by the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission including an interim plan and ultimately a comprehensive behaviour support plan, with ongoing monitoring and reporting provided by our team.
What is a Positive Behaviour Support Plan?
Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBSP) have a strong evidence base to support them as an effective approach for challenging behaviours. PBSP work positively, meaning it aims to increase and strengthen helpful behaviours through reinforcement, rather than using punishment or negative consequences to reduce the challenging behaviours. They also work proactively, to identify when and where things may go wrong, resulting in the challenging behaviours, and putting strategies in place to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
It is important to acknowledge, that there is a purpose or reason behind all challenging behaviours. This purpose or reason is called the function and has the general aim of either getting something, or to get away from something.
Through collaboration and consultation with the family, school staff, and other stakeholders, information is gathered about the behaviours, the situation and the circumstances in which they occur. This is then complemented through completion of assessments and observations in various environments to identify the antecedents, or triggers, of the behaviour and to start identifying strategies to minimise or mitigate these antecedents.
Following the observations and assessments, a PBSP is developed which will include a number of different sections. These will cover:
Identifying, developing and reinforcing an appropriate behaviour that replaces the challenging behaviour.
Creating an environment that minimises and removes the antecedent whilst reinforcing and promoting positive behaviours.
Developing an action plan to respond to the challenging behaviour when it occurs.
Once the PBSP has been completed, it needs to be implemented across all settings to ensure consistency and effectiveness and will need to be reviewed and revaluated regularly to ensure it is still relevant and effective.