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Behaviour Support

Behaviour Support

CatholicCare’s Behaviour Support creates individualised strategies for people with a disability that are person-centred, and solutions-focused.

Our goal is to develop practical plans that preserve the dignity of the person, decrease the impact of behaviours of concern, minimise the use of restrictive practices and empower the individual to manage their behaviour better. We achieve this by working collaboratively with the individual, their support network and other care providers to understand the underlying reasons for challenging behaviours. 

As an NDIS-approved provider, CatholicCare’s Behaviour Support services are available as part of an individual’s NDIS Plan, or on a fee-for-service basis. The NDIS categories relating to behaviour support are Improved Relationships and Improved Daily Living.

Our Behaviour Support services are available in several office locations across Newcastle and the Hunter including Mayfield, Cardiff, Maitland, Taree and Singleton.

Who we support

We support children, young people and adults with disabilities who experience issues with their behaviour. This includes people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mental health issues and people with acquired brain injuries.

What we do

Behavioural assessment
This assessment identifies the function, or purpose, of the behaviour. Our aim is to work with the individual to answer the following questions:

  • why does the child/adult engage in the problem behaviour?
  • what purpose does it serve him/her?

The assessment involves interviewing parents and other team members (as appropriate), and observing the child/adult in contexts in which the problem behaviour is most likely to occur (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

Behaviour support plan

Results of the functional assessment provide information for the consultant to develop a function-based positive behaviour support plan to address the problem behaviour. The consultant works collaboratively with the family and other team members to craft the details of the plan, ensuring it has a good contextual fit in addition to being clinically soun

Training and coaching

The consultant will work with parents and other team members to ensure they have the necessary skills and practice to implement the plan with the individual they are supporting. This will involve: 

  • reviewing the written plan and answering any questions
  • modelling the strategies included in the plan
  • creating practice opportunities for the team members
  • coaching when the plan is being implemented.

Monitoring and review

Following training for family and other team members, the behaviour support specialist will stay involved to provide ongoing support that may include:

  • problem-solving any further issues and making adaptations to the plan
  • assessing progress in the context of skills development
  • monitoring progress through discussion and data analysis
  • evaluating the plan against identified goals.

Our team’s approach

All members of CatholicCare’s Behaviour Support team are suitably qualified and have extensive experience and training. We pride ourselves on providing quality service based on ethical and sound clinical practice principles that improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Our team members work from several CatholicCare locations across Newcastle and the Hunter, ensuring help is never far away. We also have direct access to a range of in-house professionals who specialise in autism, ADHD, trauma, mental health and other issues faced by people with disabilities.

For more information, please contact:    

Stephen Groombridge
Clinical Specialist Behaviour Support