Behaviour Support Practitioner
A Behaviour Support Practitioner (BSP) is a professional who specializes in developing and implementing behaviour support plans for individuals with challenging behaviours, often associated with disabilities or other conditions. Behaviour Support Practitioner play a crucial role in the NDIS framework by assessing, analyzing, and creating strategies to address challenging behaviours.
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner Intervention is designed to help participants mitigate the risk of harmful behaviours while promoting positive outcomes.
Our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans and assessments are centered around enhancing an individual’s quality of life, fostering skill development, and promoting independence. The primary objective is to reduce challenging behaviours by improving skills, regulating emotions, and introducing alternative behaviours. Our plans also aim to bolster the capacity and confidence of the individual’s support system, ensuring effective and valued support. The process involves a comprehensive assessment, including a functional behaviour assessment, followed by the development and implementation of a plan with ongoing training, regular follow-up, and review.
Our practitioners, registered with the NDIS Commission, deliver positive, measurable, and sustainable outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families, friends, carers, and support workers. We utilize evidence-informed processes and practices to ensure the effectiveness of our interventions.
P Homecare holds registration with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and offers therapeutic supports, including specialized behavioural intervention support, management plans, and training. Our team comprises a diverse group of experienced and NDIS registered Behaviour Support Practitioners, including Registered and Clinical Psychologists, and Occupational Therapists. Together, they collaborate to manage and reduce a wide spectrum of behaviours of concern and restrictive practices.
What is a Behaviour Support Plan (BSP) and who can deliver it?
A Behaviour Support Plan (BSP) is a structured document that outlines strategies and interventions designed to address challenging behaviours exhibited by an individual. This plan is typically developed for individuals who may have developmental disabilities, mental health issues, or other conditions that result in problematic behaviours.
The primary goal of a Behaviour Support Practitioner Plan is to improve the quality of life for the individual and those around them by promoting positive behaviours and reducing or eliminating challenging behaviours. The plan is usually based on a functional behavioural assessment (FBA), which helps identify the underlying causes and functions of the challenging behaviours.
The development and delivery of a Behaviour Support Plan involve collaboration among a multidisciplinary team, including professionals from various fields such as:
- Behaviour Analysts: Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) or other professionals with expertise in behaviour analysis are often involved in developing BSPs. They conduct the functional behavioural assessment and design strategies based on behavioural principles.
- Special Education Professionals: Teachers, special education teachers, or other educators who work closely with the individual can contribute to the BSP, providing insights into the individual’s academic and social environment.
- Psychologists or Mental Health Professionals: Professionals with a background in psychology or mental health may be involved in assessing and addressing the emotional or psychological aspects that contribute to challenging behaviours.
- Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and other Specialists: Depending on the individual’s needs, specialists in various areas may contribute to the BSP, addressing specific issues related to communication, sensory processing, or other relevant domains.
- Family Members or Caregivers: Input from family members or caregivers is crucial in developing a comprehensive Behaviour Support Plan. They can provide valuable information about the individual’s behaviour in various settings and contribute to the effectiveness of interventions.
P Homecare’s team collaborates to create a plan that includes positive reinforcement strategies, replacement behaviours, environmental modifications, and other evidence-based interventions. The plan is then implemented and regularly reviewed and adjusted based on the individual’s progress.
How we can assist with Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner
Our team comprises qualified and experienced Behaviour Support Practitioners who specialize in employing effective behaviour support strategies. They initiate the process with a thorough assessment and utilize the gathered information to formulate a personalized behaviour support plan. This collaborative effort involves consultations with you, your family, or support network.
The primary goal of the plan is to render challenging behaviour unnecessary by addressing the triggers, incentives, or rewards associated with it. Simultaneously, it aims to instil alternative and more appropriate behaviours to replace the challenging ones.
Your customized plan may encompass:
- Enhancement of communication and social skills
- Environmental modifications (e.g., adjustments to the home environment)
- Implementation of safe responses to unsafe behaviours
- Stress and anger management techniques
An effective plan will lead to enhanced communication skills, fostering improved relationships, increased community access, and a heightened sense of independence in managing your own life.
Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner achieves success by recognizing that all behaviour serves a purpose. By understanding the underlying motivations or communication attempts through behaviour, challenging behaviours can be mitigated.
For example, a child living with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may exhibit aggressive behaviours at school, resulting in suspensions. Through assessment, the purpose of this behaviour may be linked to feelings of isolation and anxiety stemming from separation from working parents. Identifying that misbehaving in the school environment leads to being sent home and reconnection with parents may prompt adjustments in the child’s routines at home and school. Establishing regular family activities, for instance, can nurture feelings of connection and belonging, thereby reducing separation anxiety.
FAQ’s Positive Behavior Support Practitioner
Q: What is the role of an NDIS Behavior Support Practitioner?
A: An NDIS Behavior Support Practitioner helps individuals with disabilities manage challenging behaviors and develop positive support strategies.
Q: How do I access NDIS behavior support services in Australia?
A: You can access NDIS behavior support services through your NDIS plan or by contacting registered providers directly.
Q: What qualifications do NDIS Behavior Support Practitioners hold?
A: They typically hold qualifications in psychology, social work, disability studies, or a related field, as well as specific training in behavior support.
Q: Can NDIS Behavior Support Practitioners provide home-based services?
A: Yes, many practitioners offer home-based behavior support to best meet the needs of their clients.
Q: Do NIDS Behavior Support Practitioners work with children as well as adults?
A: Yes, practitioners can work with individuals of all ages to address behavioral challenges and provide support.
Q: How long does it take to see results from behavior support interventions?
A: The timeline for seeing results varies depending on the individual’s needs and the effectiveness of the chosen interventions.
Q: Are behavior support plans developed collaboratively with the individual and their support network?
A: Yes, practitioners work closely with the individual and their support network to create tailored behavior support plans.
Q. Is behavior support under the NDIS funded?
A. Yes, behavior support services are funded under certain categories within an individual’s NDIS plan.