Autism Together has adopted a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach across our services.
The goal was to focus on proactive and positive strategies to help minimise anxiety for people with autism, which can lead to behaviours of concern, whilst reducing restrictive practices.
Through early detection of changes in mood and behaviour, we aim to prevent people we support going into crisis by understanding their needs through evidence-based behavioural assessment and intervention. Our ultimate goal is to improve and promote quality of life through skill building and environmental changes.
After recruiting a Clinical PBS lead in 2019, we selected and trained staff to become PBS coaches across the organisation. Our coaches completed training with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) in order to gain the understanding, knowledge and skills to deliver an organisational approach to PBS.
We have also developed an internal PBS referral process, aimed at individuals with more significant behavioural needs. We work closely with NHS community professionals to ensure these people’s needs are fully and holistically met.