Positive Behaviour Support Strategies For Disability

Address challenging behaviours and help your child experience life with more confidence.

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Positive behaviour support services with individualised strategies

We create positive change together with parents, children and family members. Our behaviour support practitioners focus on the reasons behind challenging behaviour. We use positive reinforcement to teach your child new skills and behaviours.

Positive behavioural support (PBS) strategies can help improve the quality of life for children with developmental and behavioural disorders. This includes autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, and intellectual disability. A dedicated PBS plan helps children build self-esteem, improve social and communication skills, and achieve greater independence.

How a behaviour support plan can help your child

Positive behaviour support strategies for children with disability provides an improved opportunity for a happy and healthy life with meaningful connections. Our behaviour support practitioners will create a PBS plan that helps your child:

  • Learn appropriate behaviours that are functional, such as communication, social skills, self-care, and academic skills.
  • Reduce difficult behaviours such as aggression, self-injury, tantrums, and other problem behaviours.
  • Experience a higher quality of life by helping them communicate, learn and interact socially.
  • Strengthen relationships by involving family members and others in the process. This creates a support team that helps your child thrive.

The ESA approach to positive behaviour support strategies for disability

Our goal is to create a support network around your child and manage challenging behaviours in a positive way. To do this effectively, we design tailored positive behaviour support strategies. Our evidence-based approach to introducing new behaviours leans on early intervention best practice.

Here’s what your PBS journey with us looks like:

  • We conduct a functional behaviour assessment to understand problem behaviour
  • Our team identifies the triggers behind these difficult behaviours
  • We create a detailed and tailored PBS plan that involves all people in your child’s life
  • Our behaviour support practitioners work with you to consistently implement the PBS plan
  • Together, we monitor your child’s progress and evaluate new behaviours
  • As we go, we’ll make adjustment to the PBS plan in line with our positive behaviour support capability framework
  • We’ll also provide ongoing support and training to you and other family members and people in your child’s life. This helps you ensure consistency as their support network and reinforce positive behaviours.

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We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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Frequently asked questions about PBS

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Typical positive behaviour support strategies for disability include:

  • Sensory strategies. Our therapists provide tailored movement breaks to help your child regulate behaviour.
  • Environmental strategies. For example, if your child is auditory-sensitive, we try to stay in quiet areas and avoid bright lights.
  • Structure your child’s day. Predictability can help children adjust to new routines and new behaviours.
  • Communication strategy. We use cards, body language, and gesturing signs to be simple and clear in communication.
  • Use Immediate response. We redirect from challenging behaviour and use positive feedback instead of restrictive practices.
  • Not saying ‘no’. Our positive behaviour support practitioners avoid using the word ‘no’ when possible.
  • Reward system. We reward the appropriate behaviours that we like to see to reinforce the learning for your child

Absolutely. Early Start Australia are NDIS behaviour support practitioners. This means our services are covered under your child’s NDIS plan. You can access the support workers you need with little to no out-of-pocket expense.

Some of the evidence-based activities we conduct under your PBS plan include:

  • Intervening at schools when a student struggles with a particular concept due to a learning disability
  • Providing positive reinforcement that resonates with your child. This could be verbal praise, tangible rewards, or physical contact.
  • Offering visual cues to remind your child of the appropriate behaviour for a situation that we’re looking for
  • Avoiding any restrictive practices that could actually trigger difficult behaviour

We start with a functional behaviour assessment to understand your child’s difficult behaviour. We look at the context of the behaviour, the triggers, and the consequences, in order to develop a plan to support positive behaviour change.

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The ESA difference

Creating positive behaviours that help your child adapt to the world around them and live their best life.

We’re here for all your support needs. Working with other therapy services, our PBS strategies can help empower your child for success. We work as a team, and every person in their life has a role to play. Together, we can help build new behaviours that help them experience more control and freedom.

The Early Start Australia promise

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Holistic care and treatment plans

Our multi-disciplinary team works together with you to understand your child’s needs. From there, we’ll develop a plan with evidence-based strategies. Work with us to achieve your goals and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Australia-wide reach

With clinics in every state and territory, and an experienced team of therapists. Find help when you need it, where you need it.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey. We provide quality and safe services, follow NDIS requirements, and support your needs and goals.

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Early intervention at all stages

Early intervention is not just for young children. We offer therapies that cater to all ages, needs and abilities, and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes. With us, you can learn new skills and enjoy more freedom and control in your life.

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