Everyday Independence supports people to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life. Every person has the right to communicate their needs, participate in meaningful activities 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 reactive practices by others in an attempt to stop the behaviours.

Everyday Independence Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS) – We think differently about behaviours

Everyday Independence provides individualised support to people who use behaviours that challenge. We use the positive behaviour support framework to build an understanding of why challenging behaviours occur. We do this based on an assessment:

  • of the person,
  • the environments where they spend their time,
  • and information from their supports

Everyday Independence Behaviour Support Practitioners are specifically trained therapists who are passionate about supporting people who use behaviours that challenge. We are curious about behaviours and seek to understand the reason behind the behaviour. We unpack the challenging behaviours and then build on new skills and experiences for people, their family and supports.

Your Everyday Independence Behaviour Support Practitioner works with you to create a vision for a life with positive interactions, activities and experiences. We work in partnership with you and the important people in your life.  We do this by building an understanding of you and the things that will create a capable environment for you. In this way we can support you to enhance your quality of life and reduce behaviours that challenge.

A really important tool in creating a more positive everyday life is the development of a Positive Behaviour Support Plan. Your positive behaviour support plan is developed by your Behaviour Support Practitioner with input from you and the trusted people in your life. It includes strategies to keep you and everyone safe.  It is important that this plan is shared with the people who support you and it is reviewed and updated regularly.

We know that the best support occurs when people understand your needs.  We connect and work alongside all the people who support you and encourage them to assist you to build your skills in communication, making choices and spending time doing what you enjoy.  This includes working closely with any of your other therapists.

Our promise

  • We see every person as capable of living to their full potential and enjoying an everyday life with the right supports and strategies.
  • We will see you where you spend your time each day
  • We will connect with your supports and understand their perspective
  • Our focus is on building your skills and the capabilities of the people who support you to achieve the outcomes that are important to you.
  • We will eliminate or reduce restrictive practices safely.
  • We will complete your positive behaviour support plan in 30 days.
  • We will support you to understand the plan and give you the tools to implement the plan.
  • We will let you know how your improved relationship budget will be used

 

Your Questions Answered About Positive Behaviour Support

 What are behaviours that challenge?

These are behaviours that are unexpected and may lead to others around the person to feel 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.

What are restrictive practices?

Restrictive practices are actions and environments that stop a person from exercising their rights to move about or behave in specific ways. It may also remove or restrict a person’s access to items or activities. Restrictive practices may take the form of seclusion, the use of medication, using a physical restraint or restricting a person’s free access to their environment including items or activities.

We believe Restrictive Practices are always considered a last resort and will support you to implement strategies to reduce the need for use or to have the restrictive practices authorised so you and the person can feel supported and have a proactive plan to fade this out.

What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a therapy approach for a person living with a disability and behaviours of concern.  The person-centred approach involves working closely with the person with a disability, and their supports, to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behaviours and provides strategies to reduce and/or eliminate those behaviours.

We believe that it is a human right to be able to express choices and preferences without the need to use behaviours that challenge self and others.  We promote and embed the following in the person’s daily routines:

  • skill building and active support;
  • community presence and participation,
  • safety for providers, family and the person
  • alterative or equivalent, positive behaviour replacements

In addition, we develop the capability of the person’s support and social environments and modify the sensory and physical elements of built environments to better meet the person’s needs.

What is a Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

A person is more likely to achieve the best outcomes when a consistent approach has been developed and communicated.  The consistent approach is outlined in a positive behaviour support plan.  It is a plan that trusted people and supports have had input into and becomes a central resource filled with proactive strategies and instructions to keep you and everyone safe. 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.

At Everyday Independence we strive for high quality Behaviours Support Plans that not only guide proactive behaviour support strategies but creates a quality of life vision whereby a person lives in a capable environment and has the tools to reach their full potential.  We prepare plans with straight forward strategies that are easy to follow and in plain language.

We know that when people have control over their life and opportunities for meaningful participation in their community, they can live a good everyday life without the need to use behaviours that challenge.

Who are Everyday Independence Behaviour Support Practitioners?

Everyday Independence Behaviour Support Practitioners are specifically trained therapists who are passionate about supporting people who use behaviours that challenge.

They have been carefully selected as people with 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.