“Behaviour analysis is not a good idea to be tried for a while and then cast aside for some other good idea. It is a science that explains how people behave and the influences that affect that behaviour. It cannot go away anymore than gravity can go away.” (Aubrey Daniels)
Sources Positive Behaviour Support Services in the lower mainland covers the areas from the North Shore to Abbotsford and other areas on an outreach basis. Our main office is located in Surrey.
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In Home Consultation:
Services provided in the lower mainland include in-home consultation. Families receive services for a maximum of 120 hours, or as determined by MCFD. During in-home consultations, consultants work with the family and other caregivers to assess the child and develop strategies and programs specific to the family's needs. The focus of in-home consultation is to provide the family with teaching and training, so that they are able to manage their child’s behaviour. Consultants also liaise with other caregivers, schools, daycares and other professionals.
Referral to these services is made through your MCFD Social Worker. If you have any questions about the referral process, please contact your local Positive Behaviour Support office.
Once our Behaviour Consultants receive the referral from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), the family is contacted and the intake process begins. As an accredited agency we follow referral and program and admissions standards. Our intake interview collects information such as: demographics, previous assessments, medical profile, current external supports, treatment history, strengths and challenges, family preferences, environmental characteristics of home, school and community, behaviour and emotional regulation, communication, safety, sensory needs, social and life skills, as well as long and short term goals. Once the intake interview is complete, we assess the family’s stage of change and readiness for service and begin to address the short term goals created and prioritized by the family.
Assessments and Individualized Intervention Plan
Once the family has identified the short term goals for their child, the assessment of the child’s behaviours and skills will commence. All assessments are child and setting specific, and will be conducted in the home and community settings in order to determine the child’s areas of strengths and needs, as well as determine what factors in the environment may be influencing the child’s behaviour. Assessments typically include, but are not limited to, Functional Behaviour Assessments and Functional Skills Assessments for the creation of Behaviour Support Plans. A sensory behaviour inventory, stress surveys, motivational assessments, and discourse analysis. Our assessments include perspectives and input from parents, other caregivers and professionals involved with the child and family. Once the assessments are completed, the individualized intervention plans are created with the family and implementation of the plans begins. Each area that is identified typically places emphasis on enhancing the child’s quality of life and increased independence through communication training, sensory integration, life skill training and the systematic use of behavioural intervention.
The individualized intervention plans are written into reporting formats for the families and used as a tool to track progress and methods used. Our reporting periods include an initial reporting phase, which includes the assessment outcomes, an interim report which includes progress information and any changes to the intervention plan and a final report at the end of service to report on final outcomes of the intervention outcomes.
Teaching, Modeling and Data Collection
The success of the intervention plan requires that the family and other caregivers have the skills and confidence needed to support the child. In order to ensure that the intervention procedures are carried out appropriately, the consultant will function as a “job coach”, providing hands on demonstration for data collection, modelling intervention methodologies and training to the family, child care staff, special needs day care staff, respite care givers and other professionals who are interacting with the child in all settings.
Parents and support staff will be encouraged to keep daily anecdotal logs to monitor progress and identify needs for modification to intervention plans. Logs often provide valuable feedback as to the successes and challenges of the program.
Sources Positive Behaviour Support Services in the lower mainland offers library resources to parents and families that we work with. A reference library is housed at our Newton office. For a full listing of resources and therapeutic equipment available, please contact our Newton office or speak to a consultant in your area.
Qualitative research study 2015: Assessing Implementation Outcomes of A Chinese Culturally Responsive Positive Behaviour Support Plan