POSITIVE
BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT

Positive behaviour support (PBS) is a person-centered and evidence-based approach that emphasises understanding the reasons behind challenging behaviours and implementing strategies to promote positive change. Rather than focusing solely on eliminating negative behaviours, PBS focuses on teaching and reinforcing appropriate replacement behaviours while also addressing the underlying factors that contribute to challenging behaviours. This approach is used in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, and communities.

Before implementing any intervention, a thorough assessment is conducted to understand the function or purpose behind a challenging behaviour. This assessment helps identify what triggers the behaviour and what maintains it. By understanding these factors, the PBS team can create individualised strategies to address the underlying causes of the behaviour.

Positive behaviour support recognises that every individual is unique and has their own preferences, needs, and strengths. A person-centered approach involves collaborating with the individuals themselves, as well as their families, caregivers, and support teams, to develop strategies that align with their values and goals. This ensures that interventions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each person.

PBS focuses on teaching individuals alternative or replacement skills that serve the same function as their challenging behaviours. This helps them effectively communicate their needs and desires in a more appropriate and socially acceptable manner. By focusing on teaching new skills, individuals are better equipped to meet their needs without resorting to challenging behaviours.

Positive behaviour support emphasises the use of positive reinforcement to increase the occurrence of desired behaviours. This involves providing meaningful rewards, such as praise, tokens, or access to preferred activities, to reinforce appropriate behaviours. By focusing on positive consequences, individuals are motivated and encouraged to engage in positive behaviours.

Positive behaviour support is not limited to individual interventions; it also promotes a systemic approach. This means that PBS strategies are implemented across various environments and involve collaboration among all stakeholders, including family members, educators, support staff, and community members. This consistency and collaboration help to create a supportive environment that facilitates positive behaviour change.

In order to monitor progress and adjust interventions as needed, data collection and analysis play a crucial role in positive behaviour support. Regular observations and tracking of behaviour patterns help the PBS team identify trends, evaluate the effectiveness of strategies, and make informed decisions about interventions.

At our organisation, we are committed to providing resources, training, and guidance on positive behaviour support. We firmly believe in the power of this approach to enhance the lives of individuals and promote meaningful change. Please explore our website to learn more about positive behaviour support and how it can benefit individuals with behavioural challenges.