Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework for NDIS providers and behaviour support practitioners

The NDIS Quality and Safety Commission has published its Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework for NDIS providers and behaviour support practitioners June 2019.

This document defines Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) as:

Positive behaviour support is the term used to describe the integration of the contemporary ideology of disability service provision with the clinical framework of applied behaviour analysis. Positive behaviour supports are supported by evidence encompassing strategies and methods that aim to increase the person’s quality of life and reduce challenging behaviour (Source note: Carr,et al., 2002; Singer & Wang, 2009).

While the document recognises people with dual diagnosis (i.e. mental illness and intellectual disability), it does not mention autism spectrum disorder or autistic people. Apparently, ASD clinicians and research were not consulted. Autistic people and representatives of the ASD community were ignored.

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