Challenging behaviours can affect people living with disability and those around them. Our Behaviour Support Team help individuals and families manage and prevent challenging behaviours.
What is challenging behaviour?
Challenging behaviour is a term used by therapists and other health professionals to describe any sort of behaviour that compromises the safety of an individual and/or those around them. Challenging behaviours usually occur when a person’s needs are not being met by their environment, and can impact on their quality of life.
Challenging behaviours present differently in different people. It is important to note that many behaviours perceived as challenging may simply be age appropriate behaviours – like a 3 year-old not being able to wait their turn or share for example. However, some of the more common behaviours our Behaviour Support Team help individuals and families to work through include:
- Running away
- Restrictive eating
- Toileting issues
- School refusal
- Sibling conflict
How we can help
Our Behaviour Support Team work with individuals, families and other therapists to manage and prevent challenging behaviours in children and adults with disabilities.
The experienced team of clinical psychologists, social workers and behaviour analysts use an evidence-based model called Positive Behaviour Support to help people with challenging behaviours cope better. They also support the people around the individual (family, carers, teachers etc) to respond more effectively.
Support is provided to identify why the behaviour is occurring, help prevent the behaviour from reoccurring, and respond appropriately to the behaviour when it does occur.
How we work
Our Behaviour Support Team can deliver services in a number of ways. Services and support options are tailored to the needs of each individual, their family and carers.
The individual and their family/carers take part in 5 face-to-face sessions with a Behaviour Support clinician to focus on one behavioural goal.
For behaviours that are more complex, a Behaviour Support clinician will provide intensive support to an individual and their parents/carers over a longer period of time.
Where the individual’s existing therapy team are better suited to work with the individual and their family/carers, a Behaviour Support clinician will consult with the therapy team to develop strategies for implementation.
Our Behaviour Support Team also offers training, providing behavioural strategies and programs in a structured group setting.
Our services can be accessed through a range of funding options. We can help you find out if you’re eligible and provide further information about the options available.