Specialist positive behavioural support

Our aim is to improve a person’s quality of life and reduce behaviours that challenge using Positive Behavioural Support (PBS).
We may be asked to help:
-    if there are concerns about behaviours which impact (or threaten to impact) on a person’s quality of life. This could include behaviours limiting the person’s participation in meaningful activity, the ability to access their local community or relationships with others
-    if a person is displaying behaviours that challenge others and we don’t yet understand why this is happening
-    if a person is displaying behaviours which threaten their own safety and/or the safety of others
-    if a person is displaying behaviours which mean we are more likely to have to use restrictive interventions
-    if a person has difficulties with toileting, sleep, eating and drinking
-    if a person has limited skills to tell others what they want or need
-    if a person has limited coping or tolerance skills. This could include being able to wait for something they want or accepting when they are told ‘no’
-    if a person needs to learn a new skill which will increase their opportunities and access to preferred items and activities
-    if a person could take part in an activity more independently with carefully planned support from their staff team

Our work may involve:
-    carrying out Functional Behavioural Assessments of behaviours that challenge. This is a process that helps us understand why challenging behaviour occurs and what keeps it going. It can include a detailed look at the person’s records, carrying out observations, in-depth data analysis, rating scales and interviews with those who know the person well
-    conducting functional skills assessments
-    putting Behaviour Support Plans in place that are based on an understanding of why behavioural challenges happen. These plans help staff know what to do to change the environment to prevent behavioural challenges from occurring and to safely manage them when they do occur. The overall aim is to increase quality of life, which will often also reduce behaviours that challenge
-    working with an individual directly to teach new skills
-    putting in place systems which allow us to collect data about a person’s behaviour, which is then gathered and analysed to help us know how to support the person
-    working as part of the multi-disciplinary team
-    training and coaching support staff, either in a classroom or care setting, or working together alongside someone we support

We do this using Positive Behavioural Support. Everything we do values the individual and their social role. We work closely with each person and those important to them to create enriched person centred environments now and throughout their lives.

Principles and procedures of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are an important part of Positive Behavioural Support.  ABA is based on behavioural learning theory and seeks to understand behaviour within the context that it occurs.  All behaviours occur for a reason.  By understanding why a behaviour happens, we can put in place person-centred support to help them to access the things they want and need in a more appropriate way.  We aim to clearly understand a behaviour and then set specific and measurable goals.  Everything we do is behaviour, so we focus on teaching skills which increase the person’s opportunities and independence. We use evidence-based approaches and make decisions based on detailed data to bring about meaningful change in people’s lives.  

Meet the team:
Lucy Matthews  - Behaviour Therapist 
Pauline Lyons  - Clinical Specialist Behaviour Therapist 
Rachele Millerchip - Trainee Behaviour Therapist
Sara Silva Neagle - Behaviour Therapist
Katie O'Donnell - Specialist Behaviour Therapist