What is a Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

Vanessa Bell

What is a Positive Behaviour Support Plan?

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

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What is a 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!

Providing NDIS support in Grafton: an interview with Barbara Bevilacqua

Team Ability Consultants

07 June 2022

Providing NDIS support in Grafton: an interview with Barbara Bevilacqua

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

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Providing NDIS support in Grafton: an interview with Barbara Bevilacqua

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?

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

Team Ability Consultants

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?

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team Ability Consultants

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.

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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

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?

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team 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

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team Ability Consultants

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

Our Current Covid Response

David Ackling-Jones

14 January 2022 | 1 min read

Our Current Covid Response

We work to find resourceful ways to support freedom, social connection and wellbeing for people with a disability, and this matters more now than ever.

We will continue to provide safe and effective Positive Behaviour Support services during these challenging times. We’re passionate about preserving quality of life and will do all we can to keep our service open to support our clients and future referrals.

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Our Current Covid Response

TelePBS FAQ's

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team Ability Consultants

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

Team Ability Consultants

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

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