NDIS: Interaction Disability Services has a plan for good behaviour

FINDING TRIGGERS: Experts work with the person to help them figure out their behaviour patterns and how they can help improve them.
FINDING TRIGGERS: Experts work with the person to help them figure out their behaviour patterns and how they can help improve them.

For those living with intellectual disability, having the right support available can be life-changing.

Behaviour support aims to improve the quality of a person's life through understanding why they are using behaviours that are of concern for themselves, or for those around them.

With the mindset that "everything happens for a reason", an experienced practitioner can implement evidence-based positive behaviour supports with the goal of increasing quality of life, while decreasing the frequency and severity of concerning behaviours.

Interaction Disability Services has an experienced team of practitioners able to support participants with NDIS funding for "Capacity Building Under Improved Relationships" or "Improved Daily Living" in their NDIS plan.

A spokesman said positive behaviour support worked towards helping the person understand their daily life by using clearer ways of communicating or changing their environment to make it work better. Practitioners can also work with a person's family and carers to help them to better support and encourage the person in their goals.

"Through collaboration and consultation with family, school staff, support staff and other stakeholders, information is gathered about a participant's behaviours, the situation and the circumstances in which they occur," the spokesman said.

"This is then complemented by completion of assessments and observations in various environments to identify the triggers of the behaviours and strategies to minimise or mitigate these triggers."

Following the observations and functional behaviour assessment, along with other relevant assessments, a Behaviour Support Plan is developed. The plan will also work to create an environment that minimises and removes triggers and creating an action plan to respond to the challenging behaviour when it occurs.

"Ongoing review and re-evaluating will be completed regularly to ensure the plan is still relevant and effective."

For information on the services and activities that can be provided under NDIS funding phone 1300 668 123 or email alliedhealth@interactionservices.org.

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