Sometimes families, school staff and carers need support to deal effectively with challenging or problem behaviours. ADHC behaviour support services focus on the problem behaviours and how they operate for an individual as seen in a whole-of-life context.
What is behaviour support?
Behaviour support is a way of helping people to use appropriate ways to communicate, make choices and otherwise participate in the community, rather than relying on challenging behaviours as a way of interacting. Behaviour support aims to reduce the frequency and severity of challenging behaviours in the long term.
This is done in a number of ways including:
- promoting improved quality of life for the person
- managing the environment to reduce triggers
- using focussed strategies to help reduce problem behaviour in the short term
- teaching appropriate behaviours and other life skills (such as coping with change, anger management etc.)
- designing effective strategies for families, school staff and carers to prevent crises but also to respond appropriately to crises when they happen
- establishing effective strategies to support lasting behaviour change.
Behaviour support services
ADHC specialist support teams can provide behaviour support services, including:
- comprehensive assessment and analysis of problem behaviour
- development of person-centred support plans
- programs to develop and maintain life skills for individuals
- behaviour support training for families, school staff, carers and others in the support system
- monitoring and review of behaviour support strategies.
Are you eligible for a behaviour support service?
Behaviour support services are provided for eligible people with an intellectual disability, including:
- children under the age of six with delayed development
- children of school age who have an intellectual disability
- young people (between 16-18 years) who have an intellectual disability
- adults with an intellectual disability.
Read more about behaviour support services.
Read more about challenging behaviour.
For more information
Contact your local ADHC Information, Referral and Intake service for further information about behaviour support services.