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:
In order to get this, they need to articulate this need in goals relating to:
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.
We sat down with InFocus Support Coordinator Greer, to understand how Support Coordinators help participants with their NDIS budget. Greer explains that it's her job to help participants to monitor their plan budgets and the effectiveness of their supports.
If your child is under 6 and is diagnosed with developmental delay they may be eligible for the NDIS under the early intervention requirements. The term “developmental delay” is used by the NDIS and in early childhood education to describe when children have some delays in development for their age.
Piper and Jessie were introduced by InFocus Support Coordinator Mini. They each had individual NDIS goals to live more independently. Mini thought that the girls would be a good match as they had similar backgrounds, are close in age and were both seeking independence and companionship.