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Positive Behaviour Support


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What is Positive Behaviour Support?

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an evidence-based practice focused on the reduction of challenging behaviours and the restrictive practices that are commonly associated. PBS is a framework used to discover why challenging behaviour currently serves an individual, and then endeavours to provide better ways for this to happen. PBS uses the techniques of Applied Behavioural Analysis guided by a strong values base and delivered in person-centred ways; in other words, around the individual and their unique needs.

All behaviour happens for a reason, negative or challenging behaviour is no different. Challenging behaviours can impact all people involved, the individual, their family, friends, carers and the wider community. In some instances, an individual may be subject to a ‘restrictive practice’ based upon their challenging behaviour. These restrictions usually take the form of limited access to people, places or things. PBS aims to increase and strengthen positive, replacement behaviours through reinforcement, rather than using punishment or negative consequences. In turn, this allows for both the reduction of challenging behaviours and the restrictions that often accompany them.

Increasing participant quality of life and decreasing the frequency and severity of challenging behaviours is the main goal of PBS. This is achieved by:

  • Teaching clear and functional ways of communicating wants or needs
  • Improving sensory environments to illicit a more positive response
  • Improving the individual’s overall lifestyle to promote a higher quality of life
  • Providing therapeutic tools to the individual and/or their carers
  • Educating carers/family members to better support and understand the individual

Key domains focused upon are:

  • Social skills
  • Emotional regulation (anxiety, stress and anger)
  • Distress tolerance
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Mindfulness
  • Functional communication
  • Skill development
  • Increased Community and Social inclusion

Who can access Positive Behaviour Support?

PBS can be effective in working with individuals of all ages. However, focus is generally placed on children over the age of 7 years, adolescents, adults and their families.

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Age Range

People of all ages are eligible to have this service.


You may either choose to have these sessions in-clinic or anywhere within the community (e.g., your home).

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