Positive Behaviour Support in South West Sydney, from Bankstown to Liverpool and Fairfield

Team Ability Consultants

12 April 2024 | 5 min read

Positive Behaviour Support in South West Sydney, from Bankstown to Liverpool and Fairfield

Find out how to organise a Positive Behaviour Support Plan (PBSP) in South West Sydney and the areas we provide support.

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Positive Behaviour Support in South West Sydney, from Bankstown to Liverpool and Fairfield

The art of de-escalation: 10 tips for parents to manage autistic meltdowns

Indi Taylor

19 March 2024 | 10 min read

The art of de-escalation: 10 tips for parents to manage autistic meltdowns

What to look for, 10 ways to help and how Positive Behaviour Support can help children on the autism spectrum.

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The art of de-escalation: 10 tips for parents to manage autistic meltdowns

Find Positive Behaviour Support in Western Sydney for NDIS participants

Team Ability Consultants

14 March 2024 | 5 min read

Find Positive Behaviour Support in Western Sydney for NDIS participants

We improve quality of life through easy access to Positive Behaviour Support in Blacktown, Parramatta and Penrith.

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Find Positive Behaviour Support in Western Sydney for NDIS participants

We're creating freedom through education with Kenya Kids International

Kenya Kids International

08 March 2024 | 5 min read

We're creating freedom through education with Kenya Kids International

Find out how we're supporting tertiary students in the Karungu community in Kenya!

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We're creating freedom through education with Kenya Kids International

Positive Behaviour Support on Sydney’s Northern Beaches: Meet PBS practitioner Joanne Choudry

Joanne Choudry with Melody Dexter

01 March 2024 | 5 min read

Positive Behaviour Support on Sydney’s Northern Beaches: Meet PBS practitioner Joanne Choudry

Find out how Joanne's special education experience shapes her approach to Positive Behaviour Support.

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Positive Behaviour Support on Sydney’s Northern Beaches: Meet PBS practitioner Joanne Choudry

Positive Behaviour Support in Tasmania: Meet Senior PBS practitioner Jenny Lancaster

Jenny Lancaster with Melody Dexter

01 March 2024 | 5 min read

Positive Behaviour Support in Tasmania: Meet Senior PBS practitioner Jenny Lancaster

She's a harp-playing social worker learning AUSLAN and braille; she said "I love what I do and I do what I love."

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Positive Behaviour Support in Tasmania: Meet Senior PBS practitioner Jenny Lancaster

Behaviour support practitioner jobs in Queensland | Find them here!

Vanessa Bell with Melody Dexter

29 February 2024 | 5 min read

Behaviour support practitioner jobs in Queensland | Find them here!

Learn about the role of a behaviour support practitioner and about PBS careers in Queensland.

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Behaviour support practitioner jobs in Queensland | Find them here!

We're creating freedom and social connection through easy access to Positive Behaviour Support in Australia

Team Ability Consultants

20 February 2024 | 12 min read

We're creating freedom and social connection through easy access to Positive Behaviour Support in Australia

We've grown from humble beginnings in Sydney to supporting NDIS participants in every state of Australia!

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We're creating freedom and social connection through easy access to Positive Behaviour Support in Australia

Meet Alexandra Cox, NDIS Provider and Behaviour Support Practitioner in New England and Darling Downs

Alexandra Cox with Melody Dexter

19 February 2024 | 5 min read

Meet Alexandra Cox, NDIS Provider and Behaviour Support Practitioner in New England and Darling Downs

In our Q&A with Alex, we talk about orchards, sheep dogs, life in Stanthorpe and how PBS can help with Autism and PTSD.

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Meet Alexandra Cox, NDIS Provider and Behaviour Support Practitioner in New England and Darling Downs

Brookvale Psychologist: Meet Paola A. Vieira, Northern Beaches NSW

Paola A. Vieira with Melody Dexter

17 January 2024

Brookvale Psychologist: Meet Paola A. Vieira, Northern Beaches NSW

Get to know your local Brookvale psychologist: Paola's experience, language skills and how she can help you.

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Brookvale Psychologist: Meet Paola A. Vieira, Northern Beaches NSW

Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide: Meet PBS practitioner Shvan Mohammed

Shvan Mohammed with Melody Dexter

19 December 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide: Meet PBS practitioner Shvan Mohammed

We asked Shvan about educational psychology, autism and the importance of empathy. Click to read more.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide: Meet PBS practitioner Shvan Mohammed

Meet Alex Bell, Forensic Psychologist in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Alex Bell with Melody Dexter

19 December 2023

Meet Alex Bell, Forensic Psychologist in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

We talk about soccer, mental health, forensic psychology and Positive Behaviour Support. Click to read more.

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Meet Alex Bell, Forensic Psychologist in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Inside Scoop: Zac's role and the essential work of our Intake Team

Zac Carriage with Melody Dexter

15 December 2023

Inside Scoop: Zac's role and the essential work of our Intake Team

Want to know what it's really like working on our admin team? Find out here.

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Inside Scoop: Zac's role and the essential work of our Intake Team

NDIS provider in Yamba, NSW: Behind the scenes with Brooke Wheeler

Brooke Wheeler with Melody Dexter

04 December 2023

NDIS provider in Yamba, NSW: Behind the scenes with Brooke Wheeler

Meet Brooke Wheeler, Behaviour Support Practitioner in Clarence Valley NSW

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NDIS provider in Yamba, NSW: Behind the scenes with Brooke Wheeler

We wish you a Merry Christmas

David Ackling-Jones

01 December 2023

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Dave and all of us at Ability Consultants!

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We wish you a Merry Christmas

10 things about you: Q&A with our Central West Positive Behaviour Support practitioners

Hayley Gray & Candice Golding

25 November 2023

10 things about you: Q&A with our Central West Positive Behaviour Support practitioners

Get to know our PBS practitioners in Mudgee and Dubbo, Central West NSW!

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10 things about you: Q&A with our Central West Positive Behaviour Support practitioners

Positive Behaviour Support in Dubbo: Meet PBS Practitioner Candice Golding

Candice Golding with Melody Dexter

19 November 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Dubbo: Meet PBS Practitioner Candice Golding

What's in Dubbo? Horses of course! Learn about Candice, her work as a PBS practitioner and her love for horses.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Dubbo: Meet PBS Practitioner Candice Golding

We’re a Registered NDIS provider delivering Positive Behaviour Support in Bundaberg

Team Ability Consultants

17 November 2023

We’re a Registered NDIS provider delivering Positive Behaviour Support in Bundaberg

Find out how you can benefit from positive behaviour support in Bundaberg!

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We’re a Registered NDIS provider delivering Positive Behaviour Support in Bundaberg

Looking for an NDIS provider in Mudgee? Our team can help you. Get in touch to find out more

Hayley Gray with Melody Dexter

19 October 2023

Looking for an NDIS provider in Mudgee? Our team can help you. Get in touch to find out more

Central West NSW, we've got you covered! Find out about positive behaviour support in this interview with Hayley Gray.

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Looking for an NDIS provider in Mudgee? Our team can help you. Get in touch to find out more

Positive Behaviour Support on the NSW Mid-North Coast: Forster, Taree, Gloucester & more

Gina McClure with Melody Dexter

21 September 2023

Positive Behaviour Support on the NSW Mid-North Coast: Forster, Taree, Gloucester & more

Learn more about NDIS support on the Mid North Coast of NSW in our Q&A with Practitioner Gina McClure.

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Positive Behaviour Support on the NSW Mid-North Coast: Forster, Taree, Gloucester & more

Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns | Meet Behaviour Support Practitioner Indi Taylor

Indi Taylor with Melody Dexter

08 August 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns | Meet Behaviour Support Practitioner Indi Taylor

We talk about special ed, psychology, life in Cairns and creating change through Positive Behaviour Support.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns | Meet Behaviour Support Practitioner Indi Taylor

ABC Western Plains: Jess and Hayley discuss Positive Behaviour Support in Central West NSW

Melody Dexter

17 July 2023

ABC Western Plains: Jess and Hayley discuss Positive Behaviour Support in Central West NSW

Thanks to Jess McGuire from ABC Western Plains for taking the time to speak with us about PBS in Central West NSW.

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ABC Western Plains: Jess and Hayley discuss Positive Behaviour Support in Central West NSW

Q&A with Akanksha Chhettri, PBS Practitioner and Board Member of Autism Compassion Africa

Akanksha Chhettri

03 July 2023

Q&A with Akanksha Chhettri, PBS Practitioner and Board Member of Autism Compassion Africa

Find out how ACA is dismantling the stigma that surrounds autism in West Africa.

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Q&A with Akanksha Chhettri, PBS Practitioner and Board Member of Autism Compassion Africa

How do you respectfully guess the function of a behaviour of concern? Find out in this FREE course

Chris Wood

03 July 2023

How do you respectfully guess the function of a behaviour of concern? Find out in this FREE course

We talk about EATS and give you tools to help you as a PBS practitioner.

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How do you respectfully guess the function of a behaviour of concern? Find out in this FREE course

Meet Jazzy Rouse: Shaping positive change as a behaviour support practitioner in Sydney

Jazzy Rouse with Melody Dexter

30 June 2023

Meet Jazzy Rouse: Shaping positive change as a behaviour support practitioner in Sydney

A University of Sydney psychology graduate, Jazzy shares her path to PBS and what she values most about her work.

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Meet Jazzy Rouse: Shaping positive change as a behaviour support practitioner in Sydney

Positive Behaviour Support in Townsville: How to get started and what to expect

Melody Dexter

13 June 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Townsville: How to get started and what to expect

Positive Behaviour Support in Townsville just became easier to access! Click here to find out more about PBS in Townsville.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Townsville: How to get started and what to expect

Kenya Kids International: giving young Kenyans a brighter future

Melody Dexter with KKI

07 June 2023

Kenya Kids International: giving young Kenyans a brighter future

KKI improves access to food, water, education, training and healthcare in the Karungu community in Kenya.

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Kenya Kids International: giving young Kenyans a brighter future

Step into Stephen's shoes for a day in the life of a Behaviour Support Practitioner

Stephen Holmes with Melody Dexter

06 June 2023

Step into Stephen's shoes for a day in the life of a Behaviour Support Practitioner

Considering a career in Positive Behaviour Support? Take a peek into life as a PBS practitioner and team leader.

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Step into Stephen's shoes for a day in the life of a Behaviour Support Practitioner

Far North Queensland, we now offer Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns

Melody Dexter

31 May 2023

Far North Queensland, we now offer Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns

Part of our mission is to make PBS easier to access around Australia and we're excited to be supporting you in Cairns!

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Far North Queensland, we now offer Positive Behaviour Support in Cairns

Which NDIS funds can I use for Positive Behaviour Support? Improved Relationships funding and more

Melody Dexter

22 May 2023

Which NDIS funds can I use for Positive Behaviour Support? Improved Relationships funding and more

Your guide to NDIS funds and Positive Behaviour Support: which funds you can use and which funds have flexibility.

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Which NDIS funds can I use for Positive Behaviour Support? Improved Relationships funding and more

Frequently Asked Questions about NDIS funding for Positive Behaviour Support

Melody Dexter

19 May 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about NDIS funding for Positive Behaviour Support

FAQs about NDIS funds and Positive Behaviour Support including how much funding you might need and how to secure PBS funding.

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Frequently Asked Questions about NDIS funding for Positive Behaviour Support

Empowering the community: Meet Sally Campbell, our Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Ipswich

Sally Campbell & Melody Dexter

01 May 2023

Empowering the community: Meet Sally Campbell, our Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Ipswich

We talk about PBS, therapy dogs, horse-drawn carriages, festivals and supporting students with disability.

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Empowering the community: Meet Sally Campbell, our Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Ipswich

Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide, South Australia

Melody Dexter

30 April 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide, South Australia

Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide just got easier to access! Click to find out if PBS is the right fit for you.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Adelaide, South Australia

Rosie and Ross talk about volunteering with Autism Swim

Rosie Chapple & Ross Leighner

24 April 2023

Rosie and Ross talk about volunteering with Autism Swim

We're proud to be involved in an endeavour creates freedom and social connection for people with disability.

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Rosie and Ross talk about volunteering with Autism Swim

We'll see you at the Hunter Disability Expo this May in Newcastle!

Alex Lee and Melody Dexter

24 April 2023

We'll see you at the Hunter Disability Expo this May in Newcastle!

Meet our PBS Practitioners Alex, Brett and Liss at the Hunter Disability Expo 12-13 May!

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We'll see you at the Hunter Disability Expo this May in Newcastle!

Meet us at the Melbourne Disability Connection Expo!

Melody Dexter

05 April 2023

Meet us at the Melbourne Disability Connection Expo!

We'll be at the Melbourne Disability Connection Expo to answer all your Positive Behaviour Support questions!

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Meet us at the Melbourne Disability Connection Expo!

Infinite possibilities! Find out about Positive Behaviour Support training for experienced PBS practitioners

Melody Dexter

31 March 2023

Infinite possibilities! Find out about Positive Behaviour Support training for experienced PBS practitioners

Get free Positive Behaviour Support Training and ongoing support as you pursue further learning and development.

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Infinite possibilities! Find out about Positive Behaviour Support training for experienced PBS practitioners

From nursing and mental health to Positive Behaviour Support: Meet Karan Singh, PBS Practitioner in Melbourne

Karan Singh with Melody Dexter

31 March 2023

From nursing and mental health to Positive Behaviour Support: Meet Karan Singh, PBS Practitioner in Melbourne

Find out about PACER and how a career in mental health can prepare you for working in Positive Behaviour Support.

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From nursing and mental health to Positive Behaviour Support: Meet Karan Singh, PBS Practitioner in Melbourne

Meet Patrick Rundle, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Perth, Western Australia

Patrick Rundle with Melody Dexter

30 March 2023

Meet Patrick Rundle, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Perth, Western Australia

We talk about education and Positive Behaviour Support rt in Perth, as well as Kings Park and WA Museum Boola Bardip.

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Meet Patrick Rundle, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Perth, Western Australia

Positive Behaviour Support in Perth, Western Australia

Melody Dexter

24 March 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Perth, Western Australia

It's official, we're in Perth! Find out more about how PBS can help you and which NDIS funding you can use for PBS.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Perth, Western Australia

Emma Fumini supports the Ulladulla community through Positive Behaviour Support

Emma Fumini with Melody Dexter

03 March 2023

Emma Fumini supports the Ulladulla community through Positive Behaviour Support

We’re on a mission to make PBS easy to access and we’re beyond excited to welcome Emma Fumini to our team in Ulladulla!

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Emma Fumini supports the Ulladulla community through Positive Behaviour Support

Looking for Positive Behaviour Support in Newcastle? We've got your back!

Alex Lee with Melody Dexter

02 March 2023

Looking for Positive Behaviour Support in Newcastle? We've got your back!

Meet Alex Lee, who joins our team as a Behaviour Support Practitioner in Newcastle, NSW!

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Looking for Positive Behaviour Support in Newcastle? We've got your back!

Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne | Ability Consultants

Bec Gordon and Melody Dexter

02 March 2023

Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne | Ability Consultants

Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne is now easier to find, with our team expanding to Victoria!

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Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne | Ability Consultants

The Smith Family's Learning for Life scholarships improve educational outcomes for young Australians

Melody Dexter

22 February 2023

The Smith Family's Learning for Life scholarships improve educational outcomes for young Australians

We're proud to support one of nearly 60,000 students with long-term educational support. Click to learn more.

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The Smith Family's Learning for Life scholarships improve educational outcomes for young Australians

Meet Brett Sams, Behaviour Support Practitioner in Lake Macquarie

Brett Sams with Melody Dexter

16 February 2023

Meet Brett Sams, Behaviour Support Practitioner in Lake Macquarie

We’re on a mission to make positive behaviour support easy to access and we’re pleased to introduce Brett in this Q&A!

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Meet Brett Sams, Behaviour Support Practitioner in Lake Macquarie

Welcome Julie, Positive Behaviour Support NDIS Provider, lower Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay North

Julie Lyons with Melody Dexter

13 January 2023

Welcome Julie, Positive Behaviour Support NDIS Provider, lower Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay North

Check out our Q&A with positive behaviour support practitioner Julie Lyons!

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Welcome Julie, Positive Behaviour Support NDIS Provider, lower Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay North

We help our PBS practitioners navigate the NDIS PBS Capability Framework

Nikki Mahayni

20 December 2022

We help our PBS practitioners navigate the NDIS PBS Capability Framework

From 1-1 support to training, research, conferences, projects, individual learning plans and more.

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We help our PBS practitioners navigate the NDIS PBS Capability Framework

Our Current Covid Response

David Ackling-Jones

12 December 2022 | 1 min read

Our Current Covid Response

We’re passionate about preserving quality of life and do all we can to support our clients.

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Our Current Covid Response

Positive Behaviour Support training at Ability Consultants | Get it free!

Melody Dexter

06 December 2022

Positive Behaviour Support training at Ability Consultants | Get it free!

Get FREE access to Positive Behaviour Support training, right now, from wherever you are. Read on to find out more.

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Positive Behaviour Support training at Ability Consultants | Get it free!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

David Ackling-Jones

05 December 2022 | 0.5 min read

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Dave and all of us at Ability Consultants!

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Wishing You a Merry Christmas

NDIS provider in Ballina: Meet Mark Downie, Behaviour Support Practitioner

Mark Downie with Melody Dexter

23 November 2022

NDIS provider in Ballina: Meet Mark Downie, Behaviour Support Practitioner

If you're looking for positive behaviour support in the Northern Rivers region, you'll want to check out this interview.

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NDIS provider in Ballina: Meet Mark Downie, Behaviour Support Practitioner

Ability Consultants partners with Autism Swim to teach vital water safety skills this summer

Melody Dexter

21 November 2022

Ability Consultants partners with Autism Swim to teach vital water safety skills this summer

Children and young people on the autism spectrum are 160 times more likely to drown — we're working towards change.

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Ability Consultants partners with Autism Swim to teach vital water safety skills this summer

Careers in Coffs: We’re on the search for an experienced behaviour support practitioner in the Coffs Harbour - Grafton region

Melody Dexter

07 November 2022 | 3 min read

Careers in Coffs: We’re on the search for an experienced behaviour support practitioner in the Coffs Harbour - Grafton region

Create your ultimate work-life balance the Coffs Harbour - Grafton region.

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Careers in Coffs: We’re on the search for an experienced behaviour support practitioner in the Coffs Harbour - Grafton region

Our highlights from the 2022 AGOSCI Conference

Team Ability Consultants

28 October 2022

Our highlights from the 2022 AGOSCI Conference

AGOSCI advocates for people with complex communication needs. Read Ross's highlights from the 2022 AGOSCI conference.

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Our highlights from the 2022 AGOSCI Conference

Positive Behaviour Support can be hard to access. Here’s how we’re changing that in Australia

Melody Dexter

13 October 2022

Positive Behaviour Support can be hard to access. Here’s how we’re changing that in Australia

We’re on a mission to make positive behaviour support easy to access in Australia.

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Positive Behaviour Support can be hard to access. Here’s how we’re changing that in Australia

Next week: Meet NDIS Registered Providers in Toowoomba, Queensland

Belinda Thurlow

27 September 2022

Next week: Meet NDIS Registered Providers in Toowoomba, Queensland

Meet Belinda at the Regional Disability Expo on October 7th!

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Next week: Meet NDIS Registered Providers in Toowoomba, Queensland

Meet our team at the Shoalhaven Disability Expo

Melody Dexter

23 September 2022

Meet our team at the Shoalhaven Disability Expo

We'll be answering all your positive behaviour support questions at the Shoalhaven Disability Expo this September.

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Meet our team at the Shoalhaven Disability Expo

Meet Stacey Davidson, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Shoalhaven

Stacey Davidson

21 September 2022

Meet Stacey Davidson, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Shoalhaven

Stacey talks about the impact of behaviour support and shares her career highlights in the disability sector.

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Meet Stacey Davidson, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner in Shoalhaven

We've got great news about Positive Behaviour Support in Wollongong

Jane Pfaff

16 September 2022

We've got great news about Positive Behaviour Support in Wollongong

We're excited to welcome four new positive behaviour support practitioners to our team in Wollongong!

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We've got great news about Positive Behaviour Support in Wollongong

We’ll be at the AGOSCI Conference this September

Melody Dexter

01 September 2022

We’ll be at the AGOSCI Conference this September

AGOSCI? What is AGOSCI? How does it relate to positive behaviour support and disability support? Find out here.

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We’ll be at the AGOSCI Conference this September

ABAA Conference Recap: Interview with Ross Leighner, Behaviour Analyst

Ross Leighner

31 August 2022

ABAA Conference Recap: Interview with Ross Leighner, Behaviour Analyst

Join us as Ross shares exciting news for Behaviour Analysts in Australia and highlights from the ABAA Conference.

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ABAA Conference Recap: Interview with Ross Leighner, Behaviour Analyst

Accelerate your positive behaviour support career by becoming a Team Leader

Steve Davies

27 July 2022

Accelerate your positive behaviour support career by becoming a Team Leader

Find out how to progress your positive behaviour support career in a leading behaviour support organisation.

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Accelerate your positive behaviour support career by becoming a Team Leader

Looking for a job as a behaviour support practitioner? We’re hiring!

Jane Pfaff

22 July 2022 | 5 min read

Looking for a job as a behaviour support practitioner? We’re hiring!

Apply for a behaviour support practitioner role - benefit from flexible hours, 1-1 mentoring, learning and development.

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Looking for a job as a behaviour support practitioner? We’re hiring!

What is Positive Behaviour Support?

What is Positive Behaviour Support?

In this video, Belinda explains positive behaviour support and what it means to be person-centred.

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What is Positive Behaviour Support?

We look forward to the 7th Annual ABA Conference

Marie-Morgane Hieulle

10 July 2022

We look forward to the 7th Annual ABA Conference

The ABA Conference is a valuable opportunity to to hear from leading ABA professionals and academics in Australia.

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We look forward to the 7th Annual ABA Conference

From disability support worker to PBS Team Leader: an interview with Natalie Lofty

Natalie Lofty

04 July 2022

From disability support worker to PBS Team Leader: an interview with Natalie Lofty

Find out how your experience as a disability support worker can launch your career in positive behaviour support.

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From disability support worker to PBS Team Leader: an interview with Natalie Lofty

What is an NDIS Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

What is an NDIS Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

Find out what's included and how an NDIS Positive Behaviour Support Plan can improve your quality of life.

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What is an NDIS Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

We'll see you at the Gold Coast Disability Expo!

Belinda Thurlow

09 June 2022

We'll see you at the Gold Coast Disability Expo!

This June, you’ll find us at the Gold Coast Disability Expo at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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We'll see you at the Gold Coast Disability Expo!

We're an NDIS provider in Grafton — meet Barbara Bevilacqua, Behaviour Support Practitioner

Barbara Bevilacqua with Melody Dexter

07 June 2022

We're an NDIS provider in Grafton — meet Barbara Bevilacqua, Behaviour Support Practitioner

In this interview, Barbara discusses everything from behaviour analysis through to Jacarandas and wandering donkeys!

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We're an NDIS provider in Grafton — meet Barbara Bevilacqua, Behaviour Support Practitioner

Five fast facts about Positive Behaviour Support on the Gold Coast

Five fast facts about Positive Behaviour Support on the Gold Coast

Here are five facts you need to know if you're thinking of accessing Positive Behaviour Support on the Gold Coast.

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Five fast facts about Positive Behaviour Support on the Gold Coast

Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane | What does PBS look like?

Belinda Thurlow

04 June 2022 | 5 min read

Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane | What does PBS look like?

If you're based in Brisbane, watch this video to see what positive behaviour support might look like for you.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane | What does PBS look like?

What to expect from psychology as an NDIS participant

Rosie Chapple

26 May 2022

What to expect from psychology as an NDIS participant

If you’re an NDIS participant and you’d like to see a psychologist, read this article to find out how psychology can help you and what your support will look like.

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What to expect from psychology as an NDIS participant

How can I make a psychology referral at Ability Consultants as an NDIS participant? Can I access PBS too?

David Horne

26 May 2022

How can I make a psychology referral at Ability Consultants as an NDIS participant? Can I access PBS too?

If you’re looking for psychology support or positive behaviour support (PBS) in NSW or Queensland, we can help you. In this article we’ll let you know how to make a referral to Ability Consultants.

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How can I make a psychology referral at Ability Consultants as an NDIS participant? Can I access PBS too?

What are cognitive assessments and how can they help NDIS participants?

Team Ability Consultants

What are cognitive assessments and how can they help NDIS participants?

We can help you with cognitive assessments. Find out what they are, what's they're used for and what to expect.

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What are cognitive assessments and how can they help NDIS participants?

Are you wondering which NDIS funding you can use for psychology? Find out now.

Melody Dexter

26 May 2022

Are you wondering which NDIS funding you can use for psychology? Find out now.

It can be a bit daunting when it comes to working out which NDIS funds can be used for psychology — we hope this article provides some clarity.

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Are you wondering which NDIS funding you can use for psychology? Find out now.

What are the NDIS psychology fees?

Melody Dexter

25 May 2022

What are the NDIS psychology fees?

In this article, we'll shed some light on the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and fees that apply to psychology.

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What are the NDIS psychology fees?

Are you an NDIS participant looking for a psychologist in Sydney?

Team Ability Consultants

25 May 2022

Are you an NDIS participant looking for a psychologist in Sydney?

Our psychologists can provide NDIS support in Sydney, including therapy and assessments. Click to find out more.

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Are you an NDIS participant looking for a psychologist in Sydney?

This is how you can meet with a psychologist in Brisbane using NDIS funds

Robert Wilesmith

24 May 2022

This is how you can meet with a psychologist in Brisbane using NDIS funds

Find out where you can meet with a psychologist in Brisbane and how you can get started with your support.

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This is how you can meet with a psychologist in Brisbane using NDIS funds

Western Sydney Psychologist | Interview with Kathy Zaia

Kathy Zaia with Melody Dexter

20 May 2022

Western Sydney Psychologist | Interview with Kathy Zaia

Kathy is one of our incredible psychologists based in Western Sydney. We sat down with Kathy to find out more about her work and her approach to PBS and psychology.

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Western Sydney Psychologist | Interview with Kathy Zaia

We’ve been awarded the Communication Access Symbol

Steve Davies

17 May 2022

We’ve been awarded the Communication Access Symbol

We’re proud to announce that Ability Consultants has been awarded the Communication Access Symbol.

At Ability Consultants, making Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) accessible is vitally important to us. Gaining accreditation to use this symbol is one way we can make PBS accessible to more people who need support. Being awarded the use of the symbol is a reflection of our passion for helping people to experience freedom and social connection.

Click to read more.

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We’ve been awarded the Communication Access Symbol

Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane

Belinda Thurlow

27 April 2022

Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane

Our team has expanded into Queensland! Find out how we provide positive behaviour support in Brisbane and QLD.

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Positive Behaviour Support in Brisbane

Day in a life of a behaviour support practitioner: Austin Ware

Austin Ware

10 March 2022 | 2 min read

Day in a life of a behaviour support practitioner: Austin Ware

What is a typical day for a Team Leader at Ability Consutlants? Spend the day with Austin to find out!

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Day in a life of a behaviour support practitioner: Austin Ware

What is communication access?

What is communication access?

Accessible communication is when you’re treated with respect and dignity; when others listen to you and you are given time to get your message across. It also means that others are open to using new and different methods of communication. Our team at Ability Consultants has met the standards that make our service communication accessible — we've earned Scope’s Communication Access Symbol. Click to read more.

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What is communication access?

Accessible Communication at Ability Consultants

Accessible Communication at Ability Consultants

It’s important that positive behaviour support is easy to access — this includes easy, accessible communication.

Ability Consultants is leading the way in New South Wales, as one of the first organisations to be awarded the Communication Access Symbol. This symbol shows that our team will treat you with dignity and respect, give you time to communicate your message and be open to different ways of communicating.

From interpreters to our communication book, here are the steps we take to make communication more accessible.

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Accessible Communication at Ability Consultants

Our Communication Book

Melody Dexter

18 February 2022

Our Communication Book

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Our Communication Book

What is telePBS?

Team Ability Consultants

What is telePBS?

You’re probably wondering why you might choose telePBS over in-person support or what it is in the first place!

TelePBS is about being supported at the right time and place. Similar to telehealth and telepractice, telePBS is when you participate in positive behaviour support (PBS) using technology.

You’ll have the benefit of flexibility and greater choice and control over your support. Sessions are tailored for you and your needs and your practitioner will work with you to find what you're comfortable with and what works best for you.

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What is telePBS?

I’m a parent — what can I expect from telePBS?

Team Ability Consultants

I’m a parent — what can I expect from telePBS?

Are you a parent looking for positive behaviour support for your child? One of the questions you might be asked is, “Are you open to telePBS?”. Before you answer, it’s important to keep an open mind. 

TelePBS isn’t all that different to receiving support through in-person visits. If you or your child are thinking of switching to telePBS or you’re new to behaviour support, check out this article to find out what to expect when support is delivered using technology. 

Click to read more. 

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I’m a parent — what can I expect from telePBS?

Top tips for your telePBS call

Melody Dexter

Top tips for your telePBS call

TelePBS calls can sometimes be as simple as a good old phone call. Other times, you might meet on a video call, which can be a straightforward experience once you’re used to it.

When it comes to video calls, if you have no idea where to start, then start here. We’ll guide you through a few steps to get you started!

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Top tips for your telePBS call

5 reasons to choose telePBS

Team Ability Consultants

5 reasons to choose telePBS

If you live in the metro area, it can be easy to assume that in-person visits are the best option for your behaviour support.

With the need for social distancing and even in the absence of, telePBS can be a good option, and sometimes, the better option.

Find out how telePBS can help you by reading this article or downloading our Easy Read version.

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5 reasons to choose telePBS

TelePBS FAQ's

Melody Dexter

TelePBS FAQ's

Hopefully a few of our telePBS articles have been useful for you. If you’re looking for more answers, our telePBS frequently asked questions page might be the place to go!

Find out what to do if you don’t have a digital device, if we can meet in person in the future and what to do if you don’t like video calls. We’ll also answer your question about family joining a call from the other side of the world and what to do if you need an interpreter.

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TelePBS FAQ's

How to join a Zoom video call using your phone or tablet

Melody Dexter

How to join a Zoom video call using your phone or tablet

Got a phone or tablet? We’ll walk you through each step so you can join your Zoom call.

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How to join a Zoom video call using your phone or tablet

How to join a Zoom video call using a computer

Melody Dexter

How to join a Zoom video call using a computer

There are a few ways to join a Zoom video call. In this article, we'll walk you through how you can join using your computer.

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How to join a Zoom video call using a computer

How to join a Zoom call using your phone

Melody Dexter

How to join a Zoom call using your phone

Dialling into your Zoom call is just like making a regular phone call! You can use your mobile phone or your good old landline and you can even dial in from anywhere in the world. 


Let's walk through the steps!

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How to join a Zoom call using your phone

Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’: what we assume and why it matters

Stephen Holmes

17 December 2021

Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’: what we assume and why it matters

At Ability Consultants we have spent a whole bunch of time and effort thinking about and building a structure around what Positive Behaviour Support is and can be. We focus on the who, what, when and how we can deliver better support, better plans, better strategies. That’s what excites me about work in this team – we care about what we do.

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Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’: what we assume and why it matters

Merry Christmas

David Ackling-Jones

13 December 2021 | 0.5 min read

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a peaceful, and joyful festive season, from all of us here at Ability Consultants.

David Ackling-Jones

CEO.

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Merry Christmas

Looking for an NDIS provider in Brisbane?

Team Ability Consultants

08 December 2021

Looking for an NDIS provider in Brisbane?

We're a registered NDIS provider in Brisbane and Sydney. We can support you with positive behaviour support and psychology. We met with our Queensland Team Leader, Belinda Thurlow, to find out more about providing support to NDIS participants in Brisbane.

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Looking for an NDIS provider in Brisbane?

Loving your job as a contractor

Steve Davies

07 December 2021

Loving your job as a contractor

I never wanted to be in private practice. As a bleeding heart lefty with rampant imposter syndrome, the idea of directly charging people for my services really stuck in my craw. How would I even set a fair price for what I do? How could I bring myself to put my hand out for payment at the end of the session when the people I’m working with might be having a really tough time? 

This is my tale… the battered old warhorse finding new life on the fertile grounds of Ability Consultants. It can be done. I hope this story helps others who might have had a similar journey, or who are looking for hope in a world that seems to value only the dollar. I’d love to chat with you if your experience has been the same as mine or if you’re struggling to find a workplace you can call home.

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Loving your job as a contractor

In Loving Memory of Dr David Manchester

David Ackling-Jones

22 October 2021 | 1 min read

In Loving Memory of Dr David Manchester

David, thank you for joining our team of behaviour clinicians 12 months ago. We were blessed to witness your strength of character, incisive mind, and humility. You left us feeling that our thoughts were intrinsically valuable and that you were always learning, even from us. We will forever be honoured to be a part of your team.

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In Loving Memory of Dr David Manchester

We’re Seeking Psychosocial Recovery Coaches

David Ackling-Jones

08 April 2021 | 1 min read

We’re Seeking Psychosocial Recovery Coaches

Recovery Coaching and Positive Behaviour Support can be powerful allies in making life better for people. As specialist therapists we are eager to refer to and support any organisation or practitioner who is providing person-centred PRC.

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We’re Seeking Psychosocial Recovery Coaches

How to Connect with Elders | Maurie Voisey-Barlin

David Ackling-Jones

14 March 2021 | 75 min read

Meet Maurie Voisey-Barlin!

Moz is a Creative Engagement Specialist. He's the inventor of Window Therapy and founder of the Outside-In Collective.

During the Covid lockdowns, he was told he couldn't visit his Elders. So he started performing interactive 1:1 sessions through people's windows. 

A must-read — click to read more.

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