Positive Behavioural Support

Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) is a way of working & supporting individuals whose behaviour challenges others or limits their own opportunities.

PBS is an approach that blends values with methods of practical support that will address learning and behaviour change.

‘The overriding goal of PBS is to enhance quality of life for individuals and their support providers.’ (Koegel & Dunlap 1996; Carr, Horner et al 1999)

Some methods of Positive Behavioural Support include:

  • Understanding each client’s unique likes and dislikes
  • Modifying & adapting the physical environment
  • Providing access to structured and meaningful activities
  • Ensuring appropriate behaviour is positively reinforced
  • Supporting the client’s skill building and independent functioning
  • Using techniques like modelling, shaping, prompting
  • A sustained, consistent service wide approach

Positive Behavioural Support was introduced in 1990

(Horner & Colleagues)

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