GETTING STARTED!!! Using Visual Systems to Provide Positive Behaviour Support’ was produced with funding received by School for Parents from the Non Government Centre Support for Non School Organisations of Western Australia. It is the fifth booklet in the ‘GETTING STARTED’ series. This booklet was developed by Dolly Bhargava, Disability Specialist Speech Pathologist in conjunction with the students and staff atCarsonStreetSchool.
All behaviour i.e. challenging and non-challenging behaviour is a form of communication. Students with disabilities often have trouble communicating. The student may have tried several times to communicate to staff about their needs, but if staff haven’t recognised and responded to the student’s communication appropriately, they will resort to using challenging behaviour as a way of expressing their message. This manual looks at ways of helping staff members recognise, interpret and respond to the student’s challenging behaviour in proactive ways.