Here at Time 4 U Limited we are passionate about improving people’s lives and believe positive behaviour support is one of the most effective ways of ensuring those with challenging behaviour go on to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. This person centered approach provides support to a range of individuals including those with learning disabilities, and is a core component of the Department of Health’s policy document ‘Positive and Proactive Care 2014’. Thanks to it’s uniquely humanistic qualities in promoting dignity, human rights and respect, this form of person centred support is aimed at providing a long term support for all those involved and holds a huge influence the delivery of our supported living services.
Positive behaviour support is a carefully crafted, humanistic framework which aims to understand the way in which challenging behaviours are adopted by an individual inorder to ensure their needs are met. From there is can become possible to suggest different ways to meet those needs, based on the unique qualities and circumstances of the individual in question. Positive behavioural support uses a technique known as ‘applied behaviour analysis’ to generate an in-depth understanding of the individual in order to deliver a very effective type of person-centred support.
It takes the collaboration of the individual, their family and carers as well as any other support staff to collate and analyse data that will be used to identify why a particular set of challenging behaviour traits are displayed. It could be that there are some underlying mental or physical health needs or maybe that certain things are triggering a person’s responses. Using a person-centered approach, a fully comprehensive positive behaviour support plan is then drawn up to ensure every individual receives the best possible support for them.
The plan will help to identify anything that could be causing upset and suggest particular responses or techniques that could be used to help ease any discomfort for the individual, encouraging a more positive behaviour. This guidance will also provide support for others such as family members or carers on how best to cope, reactively, with any unexpected bouts of disruptive behaviour. A well structured positive behaviour plan will also advise on the best ways for the individual to achieve a better quality of life, helping them to feel good and have an improved sense of wellbeing.
A large part of understanding positive behaviour support is to understand challenging behaviour, which comes in many forms and is an inherent part of each and every one of us. Whether it’s 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. Challenging behaviours in themselves 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.
In many cases, approaches to dealing with challenging behaviour often focus on short term ‘fixes’ which can fail to explore the reasons behind the behaviour. Here at Time 4 U Limited we proudly adopt positive behaviour support as our primary method of support for those in need. Believed by some to be the most ethical form of support, positive behaviour support is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the available evidence in support of its success. This evidence-based approach to support has been seen to work for a wide range of individuals with a wide range of personal needs, ensuring that encouragement and understanding replaces 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 would like to change.
Using a technique known as applied behavior analysis, our team are able to describe, predict and change challenging behaviour. Positive behavior support is about building skills not punishment of behaviour, and so alongside personal behaviour support programme there may well be a number of therapies such as occupational or speech and language that could help improve the situation. To ensure the most effective outcome, we believe all forms of personal behaviour support should adopted as a long term solution, where the skills learnt can be carried through into many areas of life. All individuals in our care receive person centered support that helps to maintain the highest quality of life and prevent old habits from reappearing.