Positive Behaviour Support Services
Sources Positive Behaviour Support North program is a parent/family focused service that provides high quality, research based support to the caregivers of children with Autism.
The program involves active participation of caregivers in order to help the caregivers learn to manage challenging behaviour and teach new behaviours and skills. Services are primarily provided to individuals with Autism throughout Northern BC. All services are evidence based best practice within the fields of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support in order to maximise behaviour change and skill acquisition.
This Program receives funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Frequently Asked Questions
1) Who is Positive Behaviour Support For?
The Positive Behaviour Support program is for families with children aged 6 through 18 who have a diagnosis of Autism.
2) Where are the Services Available?
The Positive Behaviour Support North program is available to families throughout Northern BC. We serve families in communities from Quesnel north to the Yukon border and from Haida Gwaii east to the Alberta border.
3) What does the program provide?
The PBSS North program is a parent/family focused service that provides high quality, research based support to the caregivers of children with Autism. The program involves active participation of caregivers in order to help the caregivers learn to manage challenging behaviour and teach new behaviours and skills. Caregivers meet with a consultant on a regular basis based on their current needs and availability.
Service involves four phases. First, the Consultant meets with the caregivers to complete a functional assessment that helps identify all of the variables affecting challenging behaviour. Second, the Consultant works directly with the caregivers to develop a Positive Behaviour Support Plan that: (a) is based on the information gathered during the Functional Assessment; and (b) is the best possible ecological fit within the environments the plan will be being implemented in. Third, the Consultant works with the family to gradually train them on implementing the Positive Behaviour Support Plan, through a process of instruction, modeling, role playing, and constructive feedback. Fourth, the Consultant continues to check in with the family after implementation of the plan in order to provide support that promotes ongoing behaviour change.
The services provided by the Positive Behaviour Support Program are evidence based best practice, based on the most current research in the fields of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support. Applied Behaviour Analysis is the only approach that has over 20 years of research supporting its effectiveness with children, adolescents and adults with Autism.
4) How Much Does the Program Cost?
The Positive Behaviour Support program is free to families. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It does not come out of or affect a family’s Autism Funding.
5) How Do I Refer to the Program?
Referrals for the Positive Behaviour Support North program can be made through a local Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Children and Youth with Special Needs office. The referral form, a consent form, and proof of diagnosis can be provided to the MCFD social worker.
Hours of Operation
Note: Service Hours are dependent on family needs.