Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an evidence-based approach to helping people living with a disability to both reduce behaviours of concern and increase their quality of life. This approach has proven incredibly effective in helping people with a disability to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, and is adopted by NDIS support providers across Australia.
As an NDIS provider in Adelaide providing NDIS capacity supports and services, we believe the importance of Positive Behaviour Support as an approach to helping people living with disabilities can’t be stressed enough. Here we look at some of the many benefits of PBS.
As Positive Behaviour Support considers the person as a whole and looks at their personal history, emotional needs and physical health, it takes a holistic approach to treatment. As an approach to helping an individual living with a disability, this helps Support Coordinators to better understand the reasons for their behaviours and find better ways to meet their needs.
PBS takes a person-centred approach to interventions and treatments and is based on the belief that an individual can accomplish their goals with treatments developed for their specific needs. It’s an outcome-focused approach that emphasises outcomes which benefit both the individual and society. Rather than taking a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, PBS involves listening to the individual, identifying their strengths and skills, and helping them use those strengths and skills to achieve their personal goals.
Positive Behaviour Support is proactive and focuses on teaching new life skills that replace behaviours of concern and enable individuals with a disability to lead more independent lives. PBS is a preventative approach with clear management strategies to safely manage behaviours of concern that helps individuals overcome challenging behaviours. Management strategies used in PBS often include modifying the environments (or modifying activities in an environment) that trigger behaviours of concern, using coping mechanisms like relaxation, and seeking alternatives to restrictiveness and punishments.
At CLO, we have a team of Behaviour Support Practitioners with extensive experience who provide specialist behaviour support to help you lead a happier, more fulfilling life. Read more about our Positive Behaviour Support services here and call us on (08) 7221 9550 today to find out how we can support you!