Behaviour support

Behaviour Support at Banksia looks like:

  • Person-centered, strength based, solution focused supports.
  • A personalised planning process enabling families to understand their child's challenging behaviours and develop their coping capacity in all environments.
  • Training in holistic strategies and psychoeducation in how to implement their child's Individual Behaviour Support Plan.
  • Assisting both child, family and their community learn new skills to understand and manage their own behaviour.
  • Goal focused strategies aimed at reducing your child's engagement in behaviours that may result in them hurting themselves or others.

This typically involves one to one sessions with your child and family, teaching new skills, strategies and raising awareness to understand the function of behaviours and how to meet needs that are currently not being met.

Our practitioners are highly skilled, NDIS registered and endorsed at Proficient,  Advanced and/or Specialist level of expertise against the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission PBS Practitioner Capability suitability assessment. 

 Positive Behaviour Support: A best practice approach

This clip belonging to Autism Association of Western Australia, which focusses on Autism in Early Childhood, highlights the Positive Behaviour Support Framework as a best practice approach, which is endorsed by the NDIS for understanding and supporting people with behaviours that may challenge. 

At Banksia, we share the belief that behaviours are communication and that to support a child's behaviour, we must first understand them and look at the child's life and environment holistically to investigate their unmet needs, so we can develop the families and the child's capacity for resilience and wellbeing.

NDIS Behaviour Support


Behaviour  Support is distinct from other allied health disciplines who tend to work towards measurable, incremental therapy goals during regular, predictably timed sessions and follow up.

A Behaviour Support service may include

  • Observations – home, school, community, other
  • Parent/teacher/support worker consultation
  • Allied Health professional consultation
  • Individual sessions with child
  • Individual sessions with parent
  • Review of relevant documentation and reports e.g., school Behaviour Support Plans
  • Clinical consultation and supervision with external agency Psychologist.
  • Consultation with, and compilation of information and reports from other disciplines/therapists working with child e.g., Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Educators, Physiotherapists
  • Report writing, and preparation of obligatory documentation required by the NDIS regarding behaviour support plans.
  • Plan implementation including training those working with child and family.
  • Reporting of outcomes of plan implementation and reviewing plans at 3-, 6- and 12-month intervals.
 Functional Behavioural Assessment and Behaviour Support Planning

 Dew, A., Jones, A., Horvat, K., Cumming, T., Dillon Savage, I., & Dowse, L.
(2017). Understanding Behaviour Support Practice: Young Children (0–8 years) with
Developmental Delay and Disability. UNSW Sydney.

A Behaviour Support Practitioner's role is to be a detective. We ask questions to determine the functional of behaviours, what a child is communicating and what are their unmet needs.

You have the same rights as other people. If you are living with a disability it is possible that your support people may at some point restrict your free access to the things you own or want, give you medication without your consent, restrict your freedom to move and your freedom to access the community. In Positive Behaviour Support, we seek to minimise or end restrictive practices. Wherever possible we develop with you, plans to safely fade the restrictive practice, and restore your rights.

If you or your child require a Behaviour Support plan, and/or you have reportable restrictive practices in place, Banksia's experienced Behaviour Support Practitioners can assist you throughout the process from initial information gathering, development of holistic adaptive and functional behavioural assessment and the formulation of person centered, trauma informed strategies that can promote wellbeing, communication and reduce behaviours that challenge. 

Please contact us for more information. 




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