All behaviour happens for a reason. Behaviours of concern are no different.
Behaviour is a form of communication; our role is to try and understand or determine what your child is trying to tell you.
Behaviours of concern?
Provide children with strategies to express or regulate their emotions.
Experience with complex needs, developmental delay or disability.
What is behaviour support?
Behaviour support can help children and their families prevent or reduce behaviours of concern, which usually occur when a child’s needs are not being met by their environment, further impacting their quality of life. Our experienced psychologists and behaviour support practitioners use an evidence-based model called Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) which focuses on a range of preventative strategies to assist with developing new skills, communicating effectively, managing emotions and so much more.
PBS takes a collaborative and capacity building approach by engaging and working with the family, their educators and other health professionals. This ensures that the important people in the child’s life have the right tools to support their behaviour in all environments.
Behaviours of concern present differently in different people. It is important to remember that some behaviours perceived as being of concern may be age appropriate, for example, a three-year-old not wanting to share or wait their turn. Others challenges may be because the child has learning difficulties, a medical condition or with disability.
Our therapists are experienced in working with children who have complex needs, developmental delay or disability.
Would my child benefit from behaviour support sessions?
There are a number of signs which could indicate your child may benefit from positive behaviour support. These include:
- Presenting with behaviour that is disruptive or concerning
- Difficulty coping with big changes or transitions in life
- Experienced trauma and is unable to cope
- Expressing frustration, anger or aggression
- Non-compliance and school refusal
- Signs of withdrawal and anxiety
- Sibling conflict and rivalry
- Lacking impulse control
- Poor communication skills
- Poor concentration skills
- Poor social skills
- Toileting issues
What are the goals of behaviour support?
Every child is different, and the goals will depend on their individual needs. Some aims of behaviour support include:
- Helping families and carers to identify causes of behaviour
- Empowering children to communicate their needs in appropriate ways
- Providing children with strategies to express or regulate their emotions
- Implementing environmental adaptations to support the child
- Reducing tantrums, aggression and other disruptive behaviour
- Teaching appropriate replacement behaviours
- Increasing compliance and following instructions
- Improving school performance and attention
What happens during a behaviour support session?
Our sessions range from 30, 45 or 60 minute time blocks and will be with one of our experienced psychologists or behaviour support practitioners. During our consultation, we’ll gather information related to the child’s lifestyle, family history, medical conditions, communication needs and the behaviours of concern.
We will then develop a written behaviour support plan and through ongoing consultations, we’ll work with the child, family, educators and other health professionals to ensure everyone is equipped with the right strategies and tools to prevent and respond to any behavioural situations.
How do I arrange an appointment for my child?
Step 1. If you feel behaviour support might be beneficial contact us today. You don’t need a referral from a GP or paediatrician. We’ll discuss with you the best pathway, fees and provide you with our referral form, along with any other important information we’ve discussed. Alternatively, you can download our referral form directly from our website.
Step 2. Complete and email back the referral form. We’ll complete a service agreement and contact you to discuss the signing and booking of your first consultation.
Fees and funding options?
Costs can vary and depends on a number of factors including the time needed per session, the depth of an assessment, location and travel requirements. Families may be eligible for financial support or funding packages to help offset the cost of therapy e.g. NDIS. Learn more about the different funding packages here.
Locations – clinic and mobile services
Families have the option to visit our clinic in Blacktown (Western Sydney, NSW), or we can see children in their natural everyday environments such as at home, at their child care centre, school or playgroup.
Is behaviour support funded under the NDIS?
Yes, behaviour support is funded under Improved Relationships and Improved Daily Living.
Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports 15 National Boards and is responsible for regulating health professions e.g. occupational therapy, psychology etc. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. All our Growing Early Minds psychologists are registered with AHPRA.