Every person, regardless of their ability or disability, needs to feel connected, respected and understood by their environment and the people that they are involved with. Most often that connection is achieved by communication. Behaviour is the result of a person’s internal need and process in order to connect and communicate with their environment.
People with a disability are required to live in a neurotypical society that is often hard for them to make sense of. This sometimes leads them to communicate their needs in ways that are inappropriate for our neurotypical society or that may cause harm to themselves or others.
Interchange Inner East has always aimed at improving the quality of life of our participants, by offering fun and innovative group and individual activities. Keeping in line with our vision, we now offer Positive Behaviour Support Services to individuals who present with behaviours of concern. Where behaviours of concern exist, it is because an individual has an underlying need that they are attempting to meet in the best way they know how.
The purpose of Positive Behaviour Support is to try to understand what that unmet need is, and to have that need met so that there is literally no need for the individual to resort to behaviours of concern. Our Positive Behaviour Therapist will work with the person with the disability, their primary caregivers and anyone else that is directly involved in their life in order to meet the unmet need by:
- Creating a comprehensive Person Centred Plan, which will help in developing strategies building on the person’s strengths, developing positive relationships and finding activities that match the individual’s interests
- Conducting Functional Analyses of the behaviours of concern, by direct observation of the individual and spending 1 to 1 time with him/her
- Compiling a Behaviour Support Plan aimed at reducing behaviours of concern and restrictive interventions
- Providing coaching and training to caregivers and support staff ensuring the successful implementation of the Behaviour Support Plan
Meeting the unmet need may involve changing the individual’s environment, teaching the individual new skills or changing the supports provided to the individual.