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Positive Behavioural Support:
Preventing challenging behaviour by improving quality of life

Navigating the complexities of brain injury can be a challenging journey not just for the individuals affected but also for their families and caregivers. At Totus Neurorehabilitation, we apply the principles of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS); a person-centred and compassionate approach that aims to prevent or reduce challenging behaviour by enhancing the quality of life of the individual and those around them.

Understanding the Individual: All behaviour has a purpose.

The cornerstone of Positive Behaviour Support is the development of a thorough understanding of the client. Brain injuries lead to physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes that can be distressing and confusing. Our team at Totus Neurorehabilitation begins with a thorough assessment using functional analysis tools, to help us understand the unique experiences and background of each client. This forms the basis of a formulation of the function of (the purpose of) the challenging behaviour, which allows us to tailor our intervention to align with the specific needs of the individual.

Developing adaptive behaviours

Positive Behavioural Support is focussed on developing adaptive behaviours rather than suppressing unwanted behaviours. We work to enhance our clients’ competencies, providing them with the tools and strategies to navigate challenges more effectively. Skills training may include emotional regulation, problem-solving, and communication techniques, all of which are critical in managing the consequences of a brain injury.

Proactive and Preventative Measures:

We strive to create supportive environments that minimise triggers for challenging behaviours. This proactive approach may include adapting physical spaces, establishing predictable routines, modifying tasks to align with our clients’ abilities and developing strategies with the client that help them to cope better with stressors. By preventing issues before they arise, we are enabling the client to thrive in their environment and improve their rehabilitation potential.

Collaborative Goal Setting with clients and carers.

Clients at Totus Neurorehabilitation are not passive recipients of care; they are active participants in their rehabilitation journey. We work together with clients, their families and caregivers to set meaningful, achievable goals that motivate and inspire progress. Whether it’s regaining independence in daily activities or improving social interactions, our goals are centred on enhancing quality of life in the individual.

Building Positive Relationships:

Positive Behaviour Support requires a compassionate, person-centred approach. We prioritise building trust and rapport with our clients, ensuring they feel safe and understood. Our staff are trained to approach every interaction with empathy, patience, and respect, fostering a supportive community that values everyone’s contribution.

Evidence-Based Interventions:

At Totus Neurorehablitation, we employ evidence-based interventions that are proven to be effective for individuals with brain injury. Our strategies are grounded in the latest research and are constantly refined to incorporate innovative practices. Whether its Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation, or building structured routines, we apply interventions that promote wellbeing and encourage and build adaptive behaviours.

Person-Centred Supports:

Each plan of support at Totus Neurorehabilitation is as unique as the individual it serves. We understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to brain injury rehabilitation. Our interventions are flexible and adaptive, designed to evolve with our clients as they progress through their rehabilitation journey.

Empowering Outcomes:

Ultimately, the success of Positive Behaviour Support is measured by the empowerment and well-being of our clients. Success stories at Totus Neurorehabilitation are not about the reduction of challenging behaviours; they are about the improved quality of life of the client and those around them .