Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?

Positive Behaviour Support 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.

How can we support you?

Kern’s Behaviour Support Practitioners use an evidence-based approach by working in partnership with participants, families, and their support networks to meet needs and improve quality of life to:

  • Develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to the participant’s behaviour and why it is occurring
  • Expand knowledge, skills, and resources to help them to cope more effectively with the behaviour
  • Problem solve and implement strategies that proactively support behaviour and meet the participant’s needs, informing the development of a Behaviour Support Plan
  • Improve wellbeing, skills, and quality of life for the participants, families, and their support networks

“Behaviour is a form of communication, everyone communicates through behaviour”

The behaviour is the tip of the iceberg. To makes changes, it is important to understand what lies beneath.

Examples of challenging behaviour that Kern’s Behaviour Support Practitioners can provide support for include:

  • Refusing to do things
  • Impulsivity
  • Running away
  • Fighting with family members
  • Spitting
  • Smearing faeces
  • Harming others
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-harm and suicidal behaviour
  • Damaging property
Two Kern Allied Health staff members smile while talking with each other

Who is involved?

Kern’s Behaviour Support Practitioners 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.

How does Positive Behaviour Support work?

The Behaviour Programme is tailored to your individual needs according to the NDIS Improved Relationship funding you have available.

Kern Behaviour Support Practitioners use a comprehensive approach to assessment, planning and intervention to address the participant’s individual needs, their home environment and overall quality of life. This includes meeting the safety and wellbeing needs of participants, families, and their support networks.

If you don’t have NDIS Improved Relationship funding, Kern can provide a behaviour screen to inform NDIS of what support might be required in future plans. These may include;

  • Initial Positive Behaviour Screen
  • Behavioural Assessment Screen
  • Functional Behaviour Assessment

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.

To find out more, contact us on 1300 122 155.

“There is so much to love about working in the PBS role, but I especially love the process of working together with participants and their families to understand what is important to them and makes for a great life. It is exciting to see families, who may have struggled with their loved one’s behaviours of concern for a long time, develop a shared understanding of what might be influencing their loved one’s behaviours. As watch as they become empowered in how they are able to change their responses to their loved one when meeting their needs to bring about behaviour change, and a stronger relationship – it is a real privilege to work with these families.”

Karolyn Ward

NDIS Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner

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