All behaviour happens for a reason. Behaviours of concern are no different.
Behaviour is a form of communication; our role is to try and understand or determine what your child is trying to tell you.
What is behaviour support?
Behaviour support can help children and their families prevent or reduce behaviours of concern, which usually occur when a child’s needs are not being met by their environment, further impacting their quality of life. Our experienced psychologists and behaviour support practitioners use an evidence-based model called Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) which focuses on a range of preventative strategies to assist with developing new skills, communicating effectively, managing emotions and so much more.
PBS takes a collaborative and capacity building approach by engaging and working with the family, their educators and other health professionals. This ensures that the important people in the child’s life have the right tools to support their behaviour in all environments.
What are the goals of behaviour support?
Every child is different, and the goals will depend on their individual needs. Some aims of behaviour support may include:
- Helping families and carers to identify causes of behaviour
- Empowering children to communicate their needs in appropriate ways
- Providing children with strategies to express or regulate their emotions
- Implementing environmental adaptations to support the child
- Reducing tantrums, aggression and other disruptive behaviour
- Teaching appropriate replacement behaviours
- Increasing compliance and following instructions
- Improving school performance and attention
Would my child benefit from behaviour support sessions?
There are a number of signs which could indicate your child may benefit from positive behaviour support. These may include:
- Presenting with behaviour that is disruptive or concerning
- Difficulty coping with big changes or transitions in life
- Experienced trauma and is unable to cope
- Expressing frustration, anger or aggression
- Non-compliance and school refusal
- Signs of withdrawal and anxiety
- Sibling conflict and rivalry
- Lacking impulse control
- Poor communication skills
- Poor concentration skills
- Poor social skills
- Toileting issues