What Is Positive Behaviour Support?

Posted 31 Jul 19

‘Positive behaviour support’, you may have heard the term flying around for a little while now as its popularity within the health and social care sector continues to rise, and here at Time 4 U Limited we are very big fans. As a core component of the Department of Health’s policy document ‘Positive and Proactive Care 2014’, this form of person centred support promotes dignity, human rights and respect and is aimed at providing a long term support for all those involved. Positive behaviour support or PBS as it is often known, is aimed at helping those expressing one or more behaviours that are seen as ‘challenging’ in some way.  It is this element of person centred support that we are particularly interested in. Instead of applying the rules of a more rigid approach to care, PBS puts the individual first every time, celebrating humanistic differences and using them to inform care plans. The approach recognises that there is more than one way to accurately understand how or why a person behaves the way they do, nor is there any one hard and fast method to alleviating the outcomes of such behaviours. 

The benefits of positive behavioural therapy are phenomenal. As the name might suggest, this behavioural approach to support allows the care team to essentially gain a stronger and more informed understanding of why an individuals displaying signs of challenging behaviour are doing what they are doing. From there, it can become easier to develop are far more effective way of approaching these challenging behaviours and help the individual to reduce the impact of such behaviours in the future. With a far greater chance of achieving effective long term support, it becomes clear why here at Time 4 U Limited we have decided to put positive behaviour support at the centre of our care services and supported living services.

A Little More on Positive Behaviour Support

Positive behavioural support uses a technique known as ‘applied behaviour analysis’, if you’re a little new to this concept, it’s essentially used to generate an in-depth understanding of the individual in order to deliver a very effective type of person-centred support. 

Applied behaviour analysis looks a little closer at the individual, their family and carers as well as any other support staff gain a better understanding of why a particular set of challenging behaviour traits are displayed. In some cases there may well be some underlying mental or physical health needs that have not been addressed as well as they maybe could have been. In other cases it might be that there are particular sensory or environmental triggers that are causing a challenging behaviour to erupt. After some rather close attention in as natural a setting as possible, the team can then draw up a fully comprehensive positive behaviour support plan to ensure every individual receives the best possible support for them. 

What does a positive behavioural support plan look like? Well, a good plan will identify anything that could be causing upset and suggest particular responses or techniques that could be used to help ease discomfort for the individual. With a good positive behavioural support plan in place, the individual should soon be in a much better place to start experiencing more positive behavioural traits, which after all is the main purpose of PBS. The beauty of this type of guidance is that it is also aimed at providing support for others such as family members or carers on how best to cope, reactively, with any unexpected bouts of disruptive behaviour.  One of the best things about positive behaviour support is the improved quality of life that so many individuals are opened up to. Helping anyone to feel good about themselves will undoubtedly help to improve sense of well being, confidence and with any luck general happiness in life, which can only be a great thing. 

What Is Challenging Behaviour?

Of course to really appreciate positive behaviour support we also need to be able to identify and really understand challenging behaviour, what it is and where it might be coming from after all this type of behaviour is what this approach is centered around. To a certain extent, most of us will express some challenging behaviours at various points in our lives especially as feelings of anger or frustration emerge. However many of us will (on the large part) also be able to control these feelings  and the way in which we express them to reduce the chance of negative impacts on ourselves and those around us. Received positively or negatively all human behaviour happens for one reason or another, and challenging behaviour can make life a little more difficult for the individual and those around them. 

If you’re wondering what makes frustration and anger different to a ‘challenging behaviour’ requiring a specific care regime, well there are a few things to look out for. Challenging behaviour can be presented in many ways such as aggression, self harm or even harming others and can have a fairly serious impact on a person’s day to day life. To really understand challenging behaviour is to appreciate that although it may be upsetting or disruptive to others, this type of behaviour is often thought by the individual to be the best way to get their needs met.

Benefits Of  Positive Behaviour Support

When it comes to dealing with challenging behaviour in the health and social care sector, in far too many cases of the past there has been a strong on short term ‘fixes’ which can sometimes fail to explore the reasons why challenging behaviour traits are being displayed.  Here at Time 4 U Limited we proudly adopt Positive Behaviour Support as our primary method of support for all individuals in our care. We believe this one of the most ethical forms of support available, which could be why positive behaviour support is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the available evidence in support of its success. Positive behaviour support has made room for a revolutionary approach to person centered support, putting encouragement and understanding above punishment for challenging behaviour.  However despite its proven benefits, a number of people across the country are still unable to access Positive Behaviour Support and this is something our fantastic team at Time 4 U Limited would like to change. 

Positive Behavior Support At Time For U Limited

Thanks to positive behavioural support our specialist team of care workers have many years of experience in delivering the highest quality care services. We are able to help describe, predict and change challenging behaviour in individuals with a range of different needs, and we take great satisfaction in seeing lives change for the better.  Positive behaviour support is about building skills not punishment of behaviour, and so alongside a personal behaviour support programme there may well be a number of therapies such as occupational or speech and language that could help improve an individuals’ situation.  

 

For us here at Time 4 U Limited we believe all forms of personal behaviour support should be seen as  a long term solution, to help those with complex care needs, learning disabilities or struggling with mental illness. We want to help prevent old habits from reappearing, to ensure that our person centred support services are working the very best way they can for every individual in need. If you or someone you know is interested in our positive behaviour support services or maybe you need to talk to a member of the team, please contact us today and we would be happy to help.