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?

Do you:

> 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:

Online Expression of Interest Form
* 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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How can I be part of Side by Side?

Side by Side is currently available to people who self manage their funding through NDIS WA, NDIS or Disability Services individual plans.

Some parts of the Side by Side program are also available to people who do not currently have funding or a funded plan.

If you would like to find out more about support, or providing support as a Family Partner, contact:

     Side by Side Program
     Developmental Disability WA
     2 Delhi Street, West Perth WA 6005
     Ph: 9420 7203 or Email:

What families say about Side by Side:

“There was a good chance I would have had to quit work to support my wife, with the behavioural issues with our child.

With the strategies we learnt I am still the breadwinner whilst being confident my family are safe at home.” 

“Being a part of this program has made an incredible difference to our family.  I was feeling isolated and felt overwhelmed most days. I have four children, one has severe Autism. His behaviour affects our family life, especially his siblings.”

I was feeling desperate and that’s when I decided to contact the Family Mentoring Project (now Side by Side) co-ordinator and make some changes, all for the better. My mentor gave me insight and hope. It changed my view on our family life. We are able to share information and emotions without prejudice. I have gained knowledge, confidence and very importantly friendship. It really is a fantastic and inspiring project that I would recommend to other families. 

…it’s great to support and be supported at the same time.