Whether you are a child, teenager or adult, our promise is to support you and your family’s desire to live full and happy lives.
It all starts with a belief in the everyday possibilities because every person has the right to communicate their needs and have choice and control in their life.
Sometimes a person living with a disability responds to their environment or communicates their needs by using behaviours that challenge. These behaviours can lead to frustration, fractured relationships, and the use of restrictive practices in an attempt to stop the behaviours.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a person-centred therapy approach that involves working closely with the person with a disability and their supports, to understand what triggers their challenging behaviours, so that the best strategies can be provided to reduce and/or eliminate those behaviours and any associated restrictive practices.
Under a NDIS plan, funding must exist under Improved Relationships to access this therapy.
To make a referral, click the button below to complete our online referral form and one of our team members will contact you shortly to discuss the next steps.
We Think Differently About Behaviours
Our Behaviour Support Practitioners are specially trained Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Developmental Educators who are passionate about supporting children and adults who use challenging behaviours. We think differently and approach our work with compassion and a curiosity to unpack why these behaviours occur.
We see every person as capable of enjoying an everyday life with the right supports and strategies. It is a journey that starts with:
- Individualised support – working with the person and the key people in their life to gain an understanding of them and where they spend their time
- Identifying when and why challenging behaviours occur
- Identifying what will build their skills and confidence enough to reduce the use of these behaviours
- Promoting and embedding positive experiences in the person’s daily routine, such as community presence and participation
- Building the capabilities of their family and key supports to achieve the outcomes that are important to them
- Collaborating with the person and their trusted support team on the development of a Positive Behaviour Plan
These strategies aim to eliminate or reduce restrictive practices safely, to improve the quality of your life and of your key supports’.
Adam was diagnosed with autism when he was 19 years old, which has posed challenges with his social interactions. Adam is a passionate churchgoer who attends several services a week. Sometimes his social interactions drew complaints from other attendees of the church who perhaps didn’t understand Adam, his autism and his related social behaviours. With help from his Positive Behaviour Support team, he’s become a valued and contributing member of his church community, which is his biggest goal.
Chris was extremely private about eating and wouldn’t eat outside of his room. Taking a person centred approach, his therapy team worked with him, his mum, and support workers to build their skills and slowly prepare him for changes to his routine. He’s now enjoying family meals, picnics and walks with his family and supports.
Webinar on PBS & the NDIS
Did you know every day there are 2,800 unauthorised restrictive practices performed on people living with a disability in Australia?
In collaboration with MyCareSpace, we’ve covered what you need to know about how positive behaviour support can reduce and eliminate restrictive practices, and improve the quality of life of people living with disability.
Hear from our expert and Positive Behaviour Support Lead, Bridie Telford who shares information that will help individuals and their support networks to better understand Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and the NDIS.
Positive Behaviour Support FAQs
The journey to enjoying more everyday life activities begins with the creation of an individualised Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plan. We’ll collaborate with the person and their trusted support team to ensure we’re all working towards a unified purpose, with a focus on building their capacity and their supports’. It becomes a central resource filled with proactive strategies and instructions to keep everyone safe.
A PBS plan will be developed (within 30 days of your assessment, if unauthorised restrictive practices are used) to share, review, and update regularly with their support team. On occasions, where there is a restrictive practice in place, the plan will be sent to the relevant states and territories Office of the Senior Practitioner for authorisation and the NDIS commission for monitoring on the use of the restrictive practice.
We’ll help everyone involved to understand the plan and how to use it in their everyday.
These are behaviours that are unexpected and may lead to others around the person feeling frustrated, distressed or fearful. This can look like the person damaging things around them, behaving in ways that are viewed by others as socially inappropriate, hurting themselves or others.
We believe that all behaviours happen for a reason and by working directly with the person, their family and their other supports we can find ways to assist the person to reduce their behaviours of concern. By using ethical approaches that focus on human rights, community inclusion and equal opportunities we aim to eliminate the need for restrictive practices wherever possible.
Restrictive practices are any interventions or practices that restrict the rights or freedom of movement of a person. They’re used in response to a behaviour of concern and should always be considered as a last resort. Sadly, they are being used to manage the behaviour of people with disabilities, and can be extremely distressing for the person. Our highly trained team of Behaviour Support practitioners are committed to reducing and eliminating the use of restrictive practices, so that the person’s dignity and independence is regained, and quality of life is improved.
Under the NDIS, certain restrictive practices are regulated, which means they must be authorised by the State or Territory in which the person lives and monitored/ reported to the NDIS Commission of Quality and Safeguards. Restrictive practices include chemical, physical, environmental, and mechanical restraints, and seclusion.
Our Behaviour Support Practitioners are specially trained Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Developmental Educators who are passionate about supporting children and adults who use challenging behaviours.”
They have been carefully selected to have the skills and attributes that will deliver exceptional therapy support and who love who approach their work with compassion and open mind. Our Behaviour Support practitioners have been described as conductors in an orchestra; guiding the supports around the person to create beautiful music, that flows and calms them. All Behaviour Support Practitioners at Everyday Independence receive ongoing training, professional development and support to provide evidence-based and person-centred positive behaviour support to people of all ages.
Behaviour Support services should be considered if someone you care for uses challenging behaviours. These are behaviours that are unexpected and may lead to others around the person feeling frustrated, distressed or fearful.
Our promise is to help improve the quality of life of the person and those who support them. This includes developing the skills of those supports, so that the person's needs are met and they have the opportunities to make meaningful social connections and participate in the activities they enjoy.