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A spotlight on Positive Behaviour Support
A spotlight on Positive Behaviour Support
19 December 2022

What is a positive behaviour support plan?

A positive behaviour support plan (PBSP) is an intervention for an individual with an intellectual or cognitive disability who is experiencing challenging behaviours or behaviours of concern. Some of examples of challenging behaviours include verbal and physical aggression, damaging property and self-injury. A PBSP aims to address these challenging behaviours. 

How does it work?

A Behaviour Support Practitioner works with individuals to try to understand why challenging behaviours occur and implement a range of strategies to support the individual to communicate more effectively. This goal is to reduce the risk of harm to themselves or others and to eliminate the use of restrictive practices, more on this below.  

A PBSP, is based on an assessment of the social and physical environment in which the behaviours happen and includes the views of the individual so that the person’s needs can be met in better ways.

How does funding work?

The participant needs funding under “Improved Relationships” in their NDIS Plan.

Specifically, this funding will appear in: 

  • Specialist Behavioural Intervention Support
  • Behaviour Management Plan Incl. Training In Behaviour Management Strategies

In order to get this, they need to articulate this need in goals relating to:

  • emotional regulation
  • improving communication skills
  • improving behaviours and relationships

What are restrictive practices?


One of the goals of the positive behaviour support is to eliminate the use of restrictive practice. Restrictive practice means any practice or intervention that has the effect of restricting the rights or freedom of movement of a person with disability. 


Next week, we look more into restrictive practices.

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