Behaviour Support / Side by Side
Peer Support is at the very centre of the Side by Side program
About Side by Side
The Side by Side program is for families who have a son or daughter who has intellectual or developmental disability and who has behaviour which can be described as challenging*.
Peer support is at the very centre of the program, and people can access supports for themselves, their family, and their son or daughter, in line with their needs.
What type of support does Side by Side offer?
Peer support through connecting with a group, one or more other families, joining the closed facebook group, workshops, retreats, social events and other opportunities.
- Training for parents, families and carers
- Planning and support coordination
- Behaviour support
- Specialist communication support
How will I know if Side by Side is for my family?
> have a son or daughter with behaviour which can be described as challenging?
> or your family members ever feel isolated, alone, afraid, saddened, stressed by the behaviour of your son or daughter?
> ever feel that if you could better understand or communicate with your son or daughter things would be better?
> ever have a need to share your experiences with others who have been down the same road?
> think you would benefit from learning new strategies or finding out what other people in a similar situation have done?
> wish you had support to work through the services and systems you are connected with or need to connect with?
Did you answer yes to one or more of the questions above?
You may like to submit an Expression of Interest with us:
* Challenging ‘…behaviour of such an intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is likely to be placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour which is likely to seriously limit use of, or result in the person being denied access to, ordinary community facilities’. Emerson, E. (1995) Challenging Behaviour. Analysis and Intervention in People with Learning Difficulties, Cambridge University Press.
Have you and your family experienced any of the above and now feel that you would like to support another family?
Please contact us to find out more.
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