Positive behaviour support (PBS) is a person-centred approach to support autistic people and people with learning disabilities to improve their quality of life and reduce behaviours of distress.
Research and long experience tell us that most behaviours described as challenging result from a failure to understand a person’s distress.
At Dimensions, we use Positive Behaviour Support to help people like Isabelle,Gillian, Paul and Richard improve their quality of life, reduce distressed behaviour, and eliminate restraint as a management strategy.
Our Behaviour Support team focuses on developing person-centred strategies that help people to lead full lives in the community and avoid more costly interventions.
Who we support
It is estimated that 10-15% of people with learning disabilities display behaviours of distress, such as self-injury and aggression. This can result in excess use of medication and lead to physical injury and social exclusion.
By teaching people new skills, improving the support they receive and redesigning their living environments, Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is proven to be an effective way of improving quality of life and reducing distressed behaviour in people with autism and learning disabilities.
A values-driven, evidence-based approach to positive behaviour support
We aim to understand the reason behind the behaviour and reduce it through non-aversive strategies that focus on skills teaching, lifestyle change and changing the way the person is supported. If an individual’s needs are met, then the quality of life will improve and behaviours that are challenging to support will be reduced or eliminated.
Proactive strategies become part of the day-to-day way we support a particular person. This is how we improve quality of life and decrease behaviours of distress. In behaviour support, the emphasis is always on proactive strategies. (For more information please ask us for our behaviours of distress manual.)
In addition to standard trigger reduction strategies, we have worked hard to develop more technical strategies aimed at teaching people new skills.
We work closely with relatives and support teams, providing hands-on training to ensure they have the skills they need to implement a person’s behaviour support programme.
Teaching people the skills they need to live the life they want
Our Behaviour Support Team is trained in sophisticated behavioural skills-teaching techniques. We teach the person what to do when they encounter a trigger for their challenging behaviour.
This approach adds to a person’s skill set and increases their independence. It is the best way to bring about long-term positive changes in behaviour. And it frequently leads to cost savings through reduced need for high staffing levels.
We know that people can learn positive alternatives to challenging behaviour, communicating more effectively and leading happier and less distressed lives.
How we work
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