Positive Behaviour Support values aim to:
- Enhance a person’s quality of life
- Work in conjunction with family and other members of the person’s team (including allied health professionals and support workers) to support skill development
The Theories Behind PBS:
- PBS aims to increase capacity so that the person does not need to use behaviour to tell us something is not right for them.
- All behaviour has a function. Our goal within PBS process is to understand the purpose of the challenging behaviour.
- PBS uses behaviour assessments and analysis to describe and determine the function of a behaviour.
- Taking into consideration the function of the behaviour, a PBS practitioner will suggest strategies that relate to environmental change, systems change and skill building with the goal of increasing a person’s quality of life and reducing behaviours of concern.
The PBS Process:
- At Enable WA, our PBS Practitioners use direct and indirect assessment methods to guide our understanding of the function of challenging behaviour.
- We utilise a PBS Planning Framework to identify and recommend strategies for meeting the person’s needs in partnership with key people within the person’s life.
- We can provide training on implementation of strategies recommended in the plan for key people in the person’s life.
- PBS is a proactive process that can take time to develop affective and sustainable outcomes.