Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne | Ability Consultants
02 March 2023
Elevate your quality of life through person-centred Positive Behaviour Support in Greater Melbourne. We’re a registered NDIS provider in Melbourne dedicated to creating freedom and social connection for people with disability.
Whether you’re in Richmond, Mount Waverly, Dandenong, Mentone, Doncaster or Ringwood, we can help you with Positive Behaviour Support.
How to make a referral for Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne
If you’re looking for Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne, you can make a referral on our website at abilityconsultants.com.au. You can also find out more by visiting our website or contacting us at 1300 694 625.
We receive referrals for Positive Behaviour Support from NDIS participants, support coordinators, family members, occupational therapists, teachers, GPs, NDIS local area coordinators, psychologists, speech therapists and other NDIS providers.
What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is all about improving your quality of life by seeking to understand you, your life and the reasons for your behaviour so that the important people in your life may be better able to meet your needs.
We work with you and the important people in your life, including family, support workers, teachers, accommodation providers and other members of your support team to learn and understand what you’re communicating through your behaviour and identifying more suitable ways of expressing these feelings and thoughts.
Watch this video where Belinda explains Positive Behaviour Support:
What you can expect from Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne
What is our approach to Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne?
Our team at Ability Consultants takes a person-centred and evidence-based approach to Positive Behaviour Support. This means that you are the centre of your support: we consider your needs, your quality of life, and your goals and we proactively seek your input into your assessments and throughout the delivery of your service.
Positive Behaviour Support is an evidence-based practice; this means we consider scientific evidence when planning and conducting assessments and observations, as well as when we analyse data and define behaviour support strategies.
As a registered NDIS Provider, we are guided by and go beyond the Positive Behaviour Support standards outlined by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
What does Positive Behaviour Support involve?
Depending on your needs, your behaviour support practitioner might complete an Interim Behaviour Support Plan or a Behaviour Assessment Report and Comprehensive Behaviour Support Plan. Below I briefly outline what to expect if your practitioner is working towards completing a Comprehensive Behaviour Support Plan with you.
When you start Positive Behaviour Support, your behaviour support practitioner will get in touch to organise an initial meeting, where you can get to know each other and identify your goals and talk about the best way forward. Ideally, this meeting will take place in person at a place convenient to you, such as your home.
Observations, assessments and interviews
Depending on your needs, your behaviour support practitioner might carry out observations, assessments and interviews, which can be formal or informal. Formal observations have more structure than informal observations and might involve small tasks like keeping track of when or how often a behaviour occurs.
Your PBS practitioner will also review reports and documents you provide from your support team such as from your GP, psychologist, occupational therapist, school etc.
This information helps to inform a functional behaviour assessment.
Functional Behaviour Assessment
Your behaviour support practitioner will use the information collected to determine the reasons for the behaviour occurring, this is called the function of behaviour.
An example of a function of behaviour is that a person might become verbally aggressive because they’re trying to communicate that their seat belt is too tight. This person may not have the skill or ability to communicate this discomfort in a suitable way. The function of the behaviour is that they are trying to communicate their discomfort and they are using their behaviour to communicate this.
Behaviour support plan
Your behaviour support practitioner will work with you to create a person-centred Positive Behaviour Support plan, guided by the Functional Behaviour Assessment. Your PBS plan will include a summary of behaviours of concern and provide positive proactive and reactive strategies, as well as recommendations on how to implement these changes to improve your quality of life.
Training and coaching
Ideally, your NDIS funding will provide enough resources to cover training and coaching, which is where your behaviour support practitioner teaches you and your support team how to implement your behaviour support plan. Training and coaching can take place in person, or even through video calls. All training is customised to suit you and the support team and can include resources such as videos and step-by-step guides.
Who we support with Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne
We’re a registered NDIS provider in Melbourne
If you’re in Melbourne and are in need of Positive Behaviour Support, we can help you. As an NDIS provider, we primarily support NDIS participants however we also support private clients looking for Positive Behaviour Support.
We support individuals with diverse disabilities, including (but not limited to) autism, acquired brain injury, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and psychosocial disabilities such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, complex trauma and PTSD.
If you have an NDIS plan but don’t have sufficient funds for Positive Behaviour Support, we can provide you with a Recommendations Letter for your next NDIS plan review. We encourage continuity of support to ensure the best outcomes for you.
Where can you find Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne?
Our locations in Melbourne and throughout Victoria will broaden over time, as we work hard to make Positive Behaviour Support easier to access. Currently, we provide support in Melbourne's inner eastern suburbs such as Mount Waverly, Richmond, Dandenong, Mentone, Doncaster, Ringwood and surrounds. Over time we look forward to supporting more individuals in Melbourne and throughout Victoria, in locations such as Narre Warren, Berwick, Pakenham, Frankston, Werribee, Geelong and more.
Where you can find more information about Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne
Want to know more about Positive Behaviour Support in Melbourne?
Click here to read our interview with Melbourne PBS Practitioner Karan Singh.