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Positive Behaviour Support

We help individuals and families address inappropriate, challenging or unsafe behaviour.  

What is Positive Behaviour Support?

Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence-based approach our therapists use to support children and adults with challenging behaviour. It is also used to help families and support networks respond more effectively to individuals who display challenging behaviour.

The first step in Positive Behaviour Support is to identify why the challenging behaviour is occurring. Once we understand what a person is trying to tell us through their behaviour, we can develop strategies to better support them. These strategies might include making changes to the person’s environment (e.g. home, school, work) so that it meets their needs, teaching new skills or helping meet their needs (e.g. sensory needs). 

But what is challenging behaviour?

Challenging behaviour is persistent behaviours that affect the safety of an individual and/or the people around them. It also refers to behaviours that limit a person’s ability to access the community or go about their daily lives. 

Challenging behaviour is often complex, erratic, unpredictable, and difficult to work with and/or control. Challenging behaviour usually occurs when a person’s needs are not being met by their environment and impacts their quality of life.  It is important to note that many behaviours people consider challenging are usually age appropriate behaviours. For example, a 3 year-old not being able to wait their turn or share. 

Our Behaviour Support Services

At Therapy Focus, some of our therapists specialise in positive behaviour support. These therapists work with individuals, families, support networks, education staff and other health professionals to identify why challenging behaviour is occurring, and provide strategies to manage and prevent the behaviour 

Our behaviour support specialists work as part of our transdisciplinary therapy teams, helping people living with disability address challenges and achieve their goals. Services are tailored to the unique needs of each individual and can be provided at home, at school, in our offices, in community settings or online via teletherapy. 

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How we can help

Examples of challenging behaviour that our therapists can provide support for include: 

  • Refusing to do things or cooperate 
  • Running away 
  • Fighting with siblings/parents/family members 
  • Spitting or faecal (poo) smearing 
  • Aggression and violence
  • Harming others 
  • Withdrawal 
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Self-harm and suicidal behaviour 

Accessing our services

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State-Funded Disability Services

We’re a contracted provider for the WA State Government’s Department for Communities, Disability Services.

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As a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we can help you make the most of your NDIS Plan.

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Fee for Service

Not eligible for government funding? We can provide a customised quote based on your needs. Private health rebates apply to some services.

How we work

We take a transdisciplinary approach to service delivery and use a Key Worker model to ensure the people we work with have one main contact, but access to a network of therapists.