We deliver Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) as one of our main therapeutic applications for early intervention. We also apply a whole range of other evidence-based therapies. Our main goal is to work with your family to set goals in order to reduce the challenging behaviours through teaching new skills and providing more appropriate replacement behaviours.
Key features of these programs include:
- Individualised learning goals
- Family focused goals and priorities
- Parent training and education in the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Direct participation of relevant family members
- Implementation of Behaviour Support Plans (BSP)
- Implementation of Functional Behaviour Assessments (FBA)
What can Behaviour+ services help my child with?
There are many types of challenging behaviour or areas that our behaviour programs are suitable for:
|Absconding||Abandoning activities, disappearing when out|
|Accessing the community||Attending appointments, road safety, shopping centres|
|Aggression||Hitting, biting, scratching, hair pulling|
|Communication and language||Speech, conversation skills, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)|
|Daily living skills||Dressing, self-care, transitions, following routines|
|Eating and feeding||Restricted diet, independent mealtimes, eating non-food items|
|Emotional regulation||Tantrums, coping skills, managing anxiety, understanding emotions|
|Fine motor skills||Handwriting, scissor skills, doing up buttons or zippers|
|Gross motor skills||Balance, jumping, ball games|
|Not following instructions||Not listening, refusal to co-operate|
|Play skills||Playing alone, using toys appropriately, building imagination|
|Property destruction||Ripping, throwing, breaking items or objects|
|Repetitive behaviours||Stimming or stereotypic actions e.g. hand flapping and repetitive talk|
|Restricted behaviours||Controlling behaviour, obsessive interests or play|
|School skills||School readiness, classroom participation, routines|
|Self-injurious behaviour||Head banging, self-biting, skin picking|
|Sleep management||Co-sleeping, bedtime routine, remaining in bed|
|Social skills||Eye contact, sharing and turn taking, joint play, bullying|
|Socially inappropriate behaviour||Inappropriate touching, swearing|
|Tantrums (melt downs)||Crying, dropping to the floor, screaming|
|Toilet training||Night-time dryness, independent toileting|
It is quite common for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to also access other services such as Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy. If you would like to learn more about our other Allied Health services click here.
What types of behaviour services does Behaviour+ offer?
Behaviour+ is a registered NDIS provider. As part of utilising a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework, we use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) as one of our main therapeutic interventions for early intervention, along with a whole range of other evidence-based therapies.
What does a session look like?
Behaviour+ uses play based therapy to teach your child the skills that they need to achieve their goals, this means every session is different! An example of this would be playing a board game. This could be used to teach a variety of social skills including: turn taking, waiting, compliance (i.e.) following rules, completing a non-preferred task and attending skills. It is important that we are engaging and have fun so that the children want to participate and learn the new skills.
Our Therapists use reinforcers which are typically your child’s favourite toys or activities to motivate them to complete the non-preferred and preferred task. We often ask parents to bring their child’s favourite toys to the session. This is because we know that the child already likes that toy, it will make it easier to establish rapport with your child, and it is important to have something that they are familiar with in the new environment.
Our Therapists frequently take data during the sessions. This is how we track the progress that your child is making. Sometimes, we might even involve the families to take note of how often things are happening when we are not there so we can see if there are any differences. Taking data allows us to easily identify when your child has mastered a goal or if there needs to be any changes to the program.
We also involve the family members in the session and teach you the foundations of PBS and ABA. We know that parents are with their children the most often, so it is important teach parents the strategies so that you know what to do if that behaviour arises outside of therapy. This means that the child has consistency and can typically achieve skill mastery faster as they know what is expected of them and it is reinforced. This is also capacity building for the key members in the child’s life.
What kind of resources/tools do you use in therapy?
We use many kinds of resources and tools when we work with your children. Some examples include the following:
- Visual schedules (i.e. morning schedules, first/then schedules)
- Social stories
- Toys and games
- Training manuals
- Data collection sheets
- PECS or other AAC devices
Behaviour+ sells a range of visual schedules and other resources that have been specifically designed to meet your needs. To learn more about these resources click on this link.
Where are the behaviour services delivered?
Behaviour+ delivers behaviour services in a variety of environments to suit your family’s needs. This means that we focus on the environment where the behaviours are occurring.
We deliver services at the following locations:
- Behaviour+ Centres
- The community (i.e. parks and shopping centres)
We can even offer services in two different places such as school and the home, if the behaviours are occurring at both places. Another consideration we take into account is skill generalisation. For instance, if your child has learnt a particular skill in the centre then we can also go to the home or school to ensure that the child is able to use the new skill in a different environment.
How much do the Behaviour Services cost?
For NDIS services, Behaviour+ charge as per the NDIS Price Guide. During the initial assessment our team will discuss your goals, individual circumstances and personal preferences. We then provide options around service delivery, and you have the final say of how that looks. The Behaviour+ team will then create a Schedule of Supports which is a detailed report of the services you will receive. Our aim is to ensure that your budget will be utilised in the most effective way to achieve your goals. To learn more about the NDIS Price Guide view https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/price-guides-and-pricing
For any further information regarding private fee for service services, Medicare and Private Health funds refer to the Funding Factsheet.
How do I access Behaviour Services at Behaviour+?
To access services at Behaviour+, please visit our Registration page. Alternatively, you can call our friendly Receptionist on (02) 9569 7700 and they can answer any questions as well as email the Registration Pack.
Once you have been registered for our services, we book in an Initial Assessment to discuss your needs and conduct an assessment. Once the Service Agreement is agreed upon we will commence services. If you have any questions throughout this process our friendly Behaviour+ team is happy to answer them.