A positive behaviour support plan is essential in delivering a specialised and intensive, individualised intervention to individuals who may be exhibiting challenging behaviours. It supports the process of understanding and resolving those problematic behaviours through empirical research and a values-based approach, while enabling support providers and practitioners to understand the reasons for those behaviours. Implementing the right plan is not simple, as every individual is unique. So, it makes sense to provide customised positive behaviour support to every person. Here are some tips to help you come up with the right plan and oversee it effectively every time:
- Identify the behaviour support team – Determine the individuals and stakeholders who are mostly involved in the person’s life. They can be the teacher, family, therapist, friends, or anyone close to the individual. All members must be able to collaborate well to monitor, implement, and create an effective support plan.
- Conduct a careful assessment – Making a positive behaviour support plan should start with a full assessment of the individual. It should be prepared by a disability service provider, while being guided by consultations with stakeholders, the support network, and the individual itself.
- Ensure a person-centred planning – It is important for positive behaviour support to be focused on the individual concerned. So, everyone involved must be able to commit to a collaborative approach, especially for the individual whose challenging behaviours are likely to manifest in different settings.
- Conduct a functional behaviour assessment – This is a process that determines the functions that triggered the problematic behaviour. To find out, it involves collecting information, observations, and data to have a clear understanding of circumstances or events that maintain and trigger the challenging behaviour.
- Monitor the outcome – It is important to oversee the efficacy of the positive behaviour support plan by measuring the changes in challenging behaviour, lifestyle outcomes, and the acquisition of new skills.
- Implement the use of a robust case management software – Look for a cloud-based case management platform that can be customised for positive behaviour support. That way, it will be easier to oversee everyone involved, the progress of the patient, and schedule appointments.