What is a behaviour support plan and why is it important?

Firstly, a behaviour support plan is individualised for each child. It would outline behaviour targets, and strategies used to achieve these targets.

Who writes them?

Qualified behaviour analysts write the behaviour support plans for children after taking data regarding what happens in the environment immediately before or after a specific behaviour.

What are they based on?

They are written according to the function of a behaviour.

Why are they important?

They explain exactly how to work towards achieving specific behaviour goals. They are explained in detail so that anyone who knows the child can pick one up, understand it and use it. If everyone who knows the child knows the behaviour support plan, it means that expectations are the same for the child in all environments and across all of the people they know.

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Are they complicated?

No, they don’t need to be. They can be as simple as a flow chart. They are individualised according to the child, but also to the person reading it.

Can anyone follow them?

Yes. Absolutely. When we implement behaviour support plans, we ensure that as a team we implement them consistently, and we also show parents how to implement the strategies.

What are these “strategies” you talk of?

A behaviour support plan has two types of strategies – proactive strategies and reactive strategies. The proactive strategies outline how to teach a specific target. For example, when teaching a child to request for items and activities, it outlines exactly how to do this. The reactive strategies outline exactly what to do when “things don’t go to plan”, meaning when instead of using the new communication skills the child has developed, they display inappropriate behaviour, perhaps shouting.

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