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Positive Behavioural Support

Supporting both Adult and Children’s behavioural needs

Positive Behaviour Support is:

Finding the reason why someone uses behaviours of concern and then modifying the environment and teaching new skills to decrease the behaviours of concern and therefore increase the person’s quality of life.

Accessing Behaviour Support Services:

To access Behaviour Support Services with NDIS funding, the participant needs to have funding specifically in the Improved Relationships category of their NDIS Plan. If this is not currently in the person’s Plan, a review should be organised as soon as possible.

What is the process:

Behaviour support must be provided by an NDIS registered provider who is registered to provide behaviour support and is closely regulated by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards commission. For more information please visit:

The process is fairly intense and an individual package to develop or review a Positive Behaviour Support Plan conducted by one of PAHS’s registered Behaviour Support Practitioners, generally includes:

  • An Initial intake meeting and case history
  • Direct observations in different environments
  • Risk assessments
  • Interviews with stakeholders such as schools; day options; family and friends
  • Formal assessments such as the Vineland, a needs-based assessment.
  • Other likely assessments include: speech pathology report and occupational therapy report.
  • Quality of life assessment
  • Behaviour data recording
  • Functional Behaviour Assessment
  • Analysis and reporting
  • Plan development and review (includes formulation of clinical hypothesis, proactive and reactive strategies and recommendations based on assessments conducted
  • 15 hours of staff/carer implementation assistance
  • Practitioner travel

*To complete a basic plan, 36 hours is generally required.

What happens after a plan is written?

There are a range of different interventions that can help with implementing the plan and modifying the environment and behaviours. At PAHS our focus is on creating the type of environment that supports learning and greater engagement and often this is not within a traditional therapy setting. We can create a fully individualised program that is targeted at reducing specific behavioural concerns. Our speciality is using Animal-assisted interventions as a way to support skill development. These interventions are based on the premise that human-animal interactions may be motivating for children and adults, and provide a calming and non-judgemental environment within which social abilities and general wellbeing may improve. We also heavily use our Farm in Clarendon as a safe environment, for people to explore and to promote interaction and engagement further developing repertoires of skills and interests.

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