What is Behaviour Support?
How to make a Referral for Behaviour Support
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What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is the most effective and proven way to manage challenging behaviours and support the person who is displaying. Positive Behaviour Support can be used to bring about behaviour change in children and adults.
Positive Behaviour Support aims to reduce challenging behaviours whilst helping the person develop the skills they need to ensure they no longer need to resort to these behaviours again in the future. Its not just about behaviour, its about developing skills, learning to communicate, managing emotions and much more.
What is Behaviour Support for?
Sometimes people will use their behaviour to communicate something is not working in their life. Whether it’s a behaviour that has the potential to cause harm, or maybe it’s something that is frustrating for those around the person or even affecting their ability to do the things they enjoy. If this is you or someone you care for our Specialist Behaviour Support Team can help.
How is Behaviour Support provided?
Our first meeting is with the person and those who support them to gather information about the behaviour of concern and to get to know the person and their lifestyle. We will often gather information about a number of aspects of a person’s life – medical history, communication needs, likes and dislikes.
We will then develop a written behaviour support plan and through ongoing consultation and support help the person and those who care for the to implement the strategies until we know they work.
What is a Behaviour Support Plan?
A behaviour Support plan is a written document developed by our Behaviour Support Practitioner is consultation with the person, their family and those who support them. It is essentially a “how to” support guide that provides guidance of how to help and support a person when they are displaying behaviours of concern and most importantly providing clear strategies and skill development that will reduce the persons need to use behaviours of concern in the future.
Our Behaviour Support plans are based on years of research, feedback and consultation with carers, support workers and families. We have taken “what works”, that is positive behaviour support, holistic assessments, ensured all the elements of best practice in behaviour support planning are there, and combined it with a personalised approach – no two plans are alike. Our plans are practical, easy to read and get results!
Real Therapy Solutions are an NDIS Registered Provider of Specialist Behaviour Support.
All of our Behaviour Support Practitioners are NDIS Specialist Behaviour Support Providers, they all have tertiary qualifications (usually in Psychology) and have completed additional training in Positive Behaviour Support. All Practitioners receive ongoing and regular Supervision by Senior Behaviour Support Specialists who themselves have over 20 years’ experience providing Behaviour Support.
Our Specialist Behaviour Support Team provide assistance and training to people with a disability/ or Autism, their families and/ or carers. The focus of Behaviour Support is a comprehensive assessment of why the behaviour occurs and development of a written behaviour support plan that gives those who support the person strategies to follow when the behaviour occurs and in general with the person to reduce the need for them to use these behaviours.
Why choose Real Therapy Solutions to help with Behaviour Support?
- We have Over 20 years of experience providing behaviour support,
- Plans are easy to read and follow, with practical and realistic strategies – NO TECHNICAL JARGON,
- Person centred plans – we guarantee that no two plans are the same. They are not generalised behaviour management strategies,
- Our therapists are a part of a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, occupational therapist, speech pathologists and behaviour support practitioners working collaboratively with other professionals including (but not limited to) schools, paediatricians, case managers and other allied health professionals.
- We have extensive experience in understanding and documenting restrictive practices.
Frequently asked questions
How is behaviour Support different from therapy?
Behaviour Support is a more intensive support aimed at identifying the function of specific behaviours and providing a written support plan. Therapy is usually provided through regular one on one session with a therapist. Usually, in therapy you wont receive a written support plan
How is behaviour support funded?
Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Behaviour Support is funded under Improved Relationships. We may still be able to provide a form of behaviour support if you are funded under Improved Daily Living dependent on your NDIS plan goals and needs.
You do not have to have NDIS funding to access our behaviour support services. There are no medicare rebates available for behaviour support though.
How many hours of support/ funding to I need for a Behaviour Support plan?
This depends on a number of factors including the type of behaviours, whether there are Restrictive Practices in place or needed (see below), whether you have had a behaviour support plan previously and how many people there are to consult with. In general, you will need at least 10 hours of funding for Behaviour Support. Some plans will need over 60 hours to provide comprehensive support and training and ensure all reporting to the Commission is completed.
What if I don’t have enough funding?
It is unfortunately common for participants to not receive enough funding to have their behaviour support needs met. If this is the case we will discuss with you the priorities for support, and where possible provide these supports as well as a report to NDIA outlining why a participant needs additional funding.
Does my behaviour support provider need to be an NDIS registered Provider?
If you are using NDIS funding for your behaviour support. Yes. This is a requirement of the Quality and Safeguard Commission to protect the rights of people with a disability and ensure that all behaviour support is developed and conducted in line with best practices. All NDIS Specialist Behaviour Support Providers are required to undergo third party audits to ensure they are qualified and follow specific best practice requirements.
What is a restrictive practice?
A restrictive practice is a practice that is used to limit or control a persons behaviour. These practices are almost always used only to ensure the safety of a person or those around them. There are specific requirements for assessing the need for a restrictive practice and for reporting such practices to both the Quality and Safeguard Commission and NSW Family and Community Services. Your Behaviour Support Practitioner is legally required to follow these guidelines. You can find information about what are considered to be Restrictive practice here(hyperlink to Restrictive Practice definitions) and an outline on what is required to conduct a behaviour support plan that includes restrictive practices here (hyper link to Restrictive practices and Beh Support).
You can find more information about these guidelines here
How do I make a referral for behaviour support?
You can make a referral to Real Therapy Solutions for Behaviour Support by completing the referral form and consent form (below) and emailing it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you need a copy of my NDIS Plan?
You do not have to send us your NDIS plan. However, we do need your NDIS number and an agreement that if you do not have funding in the required area that you will pay for any services provided. Providing us with certain aspects of your NDIS plan ensures a smooth process from referral through the completion of service.
Read here in more detail about whether to provide your NDIS plan or not to providers