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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.
  • 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.

Find a clinic near you

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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Multi-disciplinary team

Your support team is made up of more than just behaviour support practitioners. We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach and provide holistic care alongside other therapy services.

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Centres across Australia

With clinics and capacity in every state and territory, you’re guaranteed to get the help you need, when and where you need it most. Can’t get to a clinic? We also offer telehealth services.

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Registered NDIS provider

We’re a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner. Our services fall under your NDIS plan, and meet the safety and quality standards of the NDIS.

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Early intervention for all ages

Positive behaviour support strategies aren’t just for children. Our early intervention services cater to all ages, needs and abilities. The earlier you start your therapy journey, the better your outcomes.

The Early Start Australia Difference 

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Our dedicated team of health professionals are ready to get started when you are.  

Australia-wide our promise is the same. We’ll listen and support you to reach your therapy goals, and we’ll have some fun along the way. We work with people of all ages and abilities to help them develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills. Building capabilities and life skills to help them thrive.  

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