Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Working in partnership with individuals, families and carers

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is about creating individualised strategies for people with disability that are responsive to the person’s needs, in a way that reduces the occurrence and impact of behaviours of concern and minimises the use of restrictive practices.

Improving quality of life

The Kern PBS Team consists of occupational therapists and provisional psychologists and uses an evidenced-based approach by working in partnership with individuals, families and carers to:

  • Develop an understanding
  • Expand knowledge, skills and resources
  • Improve wellbeing, skills and quality of life
  • Problem solve and implement strategies
Physiotherapy For Children

All behaviour is a form of communication. Everyone communicates through behaviour.

Challenging behaviour is just the tip of the iceberg. To make changes, it is important to understand what lies beneath. Our experienced psychologists and therapists develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to an individual’s behaviour and understanding why it is occurring.

Examples of challenging behaviour that Kern’s therapists can provide support for include:

  • Refusing to do things or cooperate
  • Running away
  • Fighting with siblings/parents/family members
  • Spitting or faecal (poo) smearing
  • Aggression and violence
  • Harming others
  • Withdrawal
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-harm and suicidal behaviour

Comprehensive and unique psychology

Our PBS practitioners use a comprehensive approach to assessment, planning and intervention to address individual needs, home environment and overall quality of life. This includes meeting the safety and wellbeing of individuals and their families and carers.

Family and person-centered approach

At Kern, our experienced PBS psychologists and therapists use a family and person-centred approach. We understand the individual and their family are the experts on their needs and experiences.

We work collaboratively with the individual and their key supports, to holistically understand their goals and needs. We strive to ensure the individual and family have choice and control at all stages of their therapy journey.

We problem solve and implement strategies that proactively support behaviour and meet the individuals’s needs, informing the development of a Behaviour Support Plan.

Therapy where you want it, when you need it

Available as both a clinic-based and mobile therapy service, our therapists can work with you in the environment of your choice.

“It is an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to work alongside my amazing colleagues who have a wealth of knowledge in Positive Behaviour Support. They never fail to inspire me to engage in intentional curiosity and adopt a flexible mindset, all the while implementing a strengths-based, collaborative and person-centred approach.”

Armilda Ho

Occupational Therapist & PBS Practitioner

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