Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include a wide range of illnesses. They struggle with social engagement…
Challenging behavior is defined as “consistent behavior that endangers people’s safety or causes difficulties and limits a person’s ability to live a good life.” Challenging behavior is often described as “challenging” because it can make it difficult for the person and those who support them to understand why it is happening and to collaborate to find a solution.
What exactly is Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)?
PBS is an individualized and comprehensive approach used by parents or caregivers to teach and encourage children to behave in new ways. The approach makes challenging behavior less likely to happen because it removes things that trigger, encourage or reward that behavior. It also assists children in developing new behaviors to replace challenging behaviors. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is for anyone who struggles with their behavior, including autistic children. The method can also be used with people who have intellectual, learning, developmental, or social difficulties.
What is the purpose of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?
The primary goal of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is to assist children to develop positive changes in their behavior.
How PBS helps a Child show Positive Changes?
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is based on the idea that all behavior serves a purpose. Children can learn new behaviors when they know what they’re getting or when they communicate when they behave in certain ways. The PBS approach aims to teach children new ways of communicating and getting what they want, such as by using words or signs. These new modes of communication have the potential to replace challenging behavior.
A key feature of a PBS approach is an individualized plan that is:
- implemented on a daily basis by everyone involved with a child
- used in the natural environment where behavior occurs
First, the child undergoes a medical examination to ensure that their behavior is not the result of a physical illness such as an ear infection or toothache. Following that, a trained practitioner, such as a psychologist or other professional, speaks with the child’s family and observes the child’s behavior to determine what the child gains by acting in a certain way. This is called a functional assessment. Following the assessment, families collaborate with the practitioner to develop a detailed plan to eliminate or reduce the triggers for the behavior and, where possible, to eliminate any accidental rewards for the behavior.
Once a plan is in place, parents can teach and encourage their children to use new skills and modes of communication to express themselves and their requirements.
Does Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) help Autistic Children?
High-quality research backs up Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). According to this study, PBS:
• improves children’s school performance
• assists children in asking for things
• assists children in giving and sharing information
• decreases children’s aggression toward themselves and others
• decreases meltdowns and disruptive behavior
Children benefit the most from this therapy when it is used consistently and correctly.
Who provides Professional Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?
Psychologists and other professionals who have the proper knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) can develop PBS therapies and assist caregivers in implementing them. If your child is enrolled in a therapy program that employs Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), your involvement as a parent is critical. You will play a key role in the collaborative team that creates the PBS plan. You should be trained to carry out the plan and respond to difficult situations as part of this.
You’ll be in charge of carrying out the PBS plan at home, as well as providing feedback to the team on your child’s progress.
Therefore, keep your and your child’s behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.