Behaviour Support

We specialise in functional behaviour assessment and positive behaviour support. Functional behaviour assessment is guided by these principles:

Functional behaviour assessment is guided by these principles:

  • No behaviour is inherently challenging. There’s always a reason for it.
  • The probability of a behaviour occurring tomorrow is determined by the reinforcement it receives today (whether the behaviour worked).
  • Behaviour change is about teaching a set of new behaviours, not so much about stopping the old behaviours.
  • Teaching new behaviours requires precision in how we define the new behaviour
  • Behaviour change doesn’t occur without drive (motivation). We create drive by obtaining control over things within the individual’s environment that they find reinforcing.
  • Everything we do is designed to affect the child/patient in a positive way. We don’t control the child/patient; we control their environment and use that control to influence behaviour change.

The Behaviour Support assessment and follow-up therapy:

  • Identifies the purpose of behaviour and factors within the environment that currently reinforce and maintain the behaviour
  • Helps parents/carers decide what behaviours are in the best interest of their child/the patient
  • Specifies precisely what those behaviours are, the standard against which the new behaviour will be judged, and if necessary, teaches the child/patient how to perform the new behaviour.
  • Helps parents/carers gain control over things within the environment that the child/patient finds reinforcing.
  • Creates a need or drive for the child/patient to perform new behaviours.
  • Teaches parents/carers how to use principles of reinforcement to influence the odds of the child/patient choosing a behaviour that is in their best interests.
  • Specifies how we are going to measure behaviour change and therefore the effectiveness of therapy.

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