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Positive Behaviour Support

People’s behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.
— Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955)

Behaviours of concern always happen for a reason, and often a person may have no other way of communicating their need. Positive Behaviour Support is a person centred approach that helps us to understand the person, their needs and the message they are trying to communicate to us through their behaviour.

It is a flexible approach that can be used in classrooms, families and adult contexts. Grounded in the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis; and the Principles of Person Centred Approaches, it highlights the need for inclusion, choice, participation and autonomy. PBS allows us to support the person in a way that is non-restrictive, respectful, and effective.

This course will help you deepen your understanding of Positive Behaviour Support by focusing on:

  • Viewing behaviour as a form communication

  • Understanding the 10 core concepts of Positive Behaviour Support

  • Questions to ask to understand the message behind behaviour

  • Ways to respond to behaviours with dignity and respect

  • The use of non-restrictive, non-aversive methods to support the person