Behavioural Support

Sometimes caring for a disabled person can be hard especially if they are behaving in a way that is causing themselves and you harm and directly affecting your well being.

If you need support with behaviours that are at times challenging, here is how we can help.

Let's talk about challenging behaviours

Sometimes people can behave in ways that challenge us and sometimes it’s hard to work out the causes. Challenging behaviour can include but is not limited to consistent aggression, self-injury/harm, running away, distress and anxiety.

It has been said that all behaviour is a communication. When behaviour impacts the person’s everyday activities, their families wellbeing and having a good quality of life then maybe some extra support maybe useful.

For example this could be a behaviour they do a lot which causes both themselves and those around them to become very upset and may even lead to injury. Or it could be issues around sexuality, privacy, sensory.  Looking for the communication in challenging behaviour is the key.

If the person you support or care for yourself and your family, whānau and aiga are affected negatively by this behaviour then maybe seeking some support and guidance maybe useful.

What is Behaviour Support

Behaviour support is about supporting disabled people and their whānau and allies to find positive ways to communicate and find strategies to reduce or eliminate harmful behaviour. 

These individualised strategies, also known as positive behaviour supports, include preventative and reactive strategies that are in response to the individual person’s needs, and try to reduce and stop the behaviour and or the need for the use of any restrictive practices whilst helping the person develop the skills they need to no longer do the challenging behaviour to have their needs met.

It is fair to say that the reasons for challenging behaviour can be many so helping a disabled person to not engage in it is not just about managing the behaviour itself, but it’s also about for example: skill development, learning to communicate their needs, managing their emotions and much more.

Behaviour Support funded by our Ministry

Explore Services has the contract with our Ministry and they work with people who have challenging behaviours as described above. Our behaviour support services are based on the Positive Behaviour Support model, which aims to improve a person’s quality of life and the quality of life of those around them.

To access Ministry funded Behaviour Support you must first contact your Needs Assessment Service Coordinator for a referral to Explore. You should hear from them within 21 days of the referral with a date to meet with you.

The waitlist for these services can be long so best to talk to your NASC about this and other supports that may be available. They may be able to direct you to other resources or support groups which can help you immediately.

Where else can you go for help

There are many online resources, forums and groups you can connect with for help with Challenging Behaviours.

Its important to remember that shared experiences of other families who are going through what you are going through or have deployed strategies in the past that worked for them maybe a great way to get the support you need.

If you know of other places people can go for support which we haven't featured on our website we would love to hear from you

Looking for urgent help?

It is never ok to feel like you or your disabled person is in serious harm or danger. If you have an emergency situation where you feel the life of a person you care for is in danger or is a serious threat to others, please do not hesitate to call one of the following: