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What if I don’t have a behaviour support plan or funding, but I need help to support behaviour and aggression at home and school?

Even if you do not have funding for behaviour support there are lots of options to help you.


You can access peer support through the DDWA peer support program called Side by Side. Side by Side also has a private Facebook group where you can find out lots of information and also post questions, and get feedback from other families. www.facebook.com/groups/378334628980426. (Suggestion: Look at the section titled: Link to “How do I train my support workers”)

DDWA have started a new Facebook group for family members AND professionals/ supporters of people with challenging behaviours – practitioners, support staff, therapists, coordinators, teachers etc. www.facebook.com/groups/620447002677053/

You may find an Occupational Therapist or allied health professional who can help you with some ideas. 

You can enrol in online courses about behaviour. Here is a free online course that has some great information about neuroscience and some reasons behind the challenging behaviours.  ddwa.org.au/online-courses/directory/foundations-to-understanding-behaviour-course/ 

Microboards Australia has developed a course: Is there a better way? This is online training for families that can’t access positive behaviour support and can be a great starting point. Support workers can also do this online training alongside families. podio.com/webforms/25749201/1920663

Mona Delahook (author of Beyond Behaviours) Beyond Behaviours provides the basis for a paradigm shift in understanding and treating children with disruptive behaviours. Historically, educational and therapeutic models treat anti-social and asocial behaviour as motivated and incentivised. In this accessible and beautifully written volume, Dr. Delahooke pulls the veil off this myth and replaces it with a neurobiologically-informed treatment model that provides insightful directives leading to effective outcomes.” monadelahooke.com/books

Eileen Devine (Brain First Parenting) is a licensed clinical social worker with over a dozen years of clinical experience, the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome, and a certified facilitator through FASCETS, Inc., a leading non-profit specialising in the neurobehavioral model. “When challenging behaviours are viewed through the lens of the neurobehavioral model, they take on a different meaning, reducing frustration and reactivity while increasing understanding. That is the point where meaningful change can occur” www.eileendevine.com

Herbert Lovett – author of Learning to Listen.  “learning to listen” provides practical alternatives to overly controlling behavior modification techniques. Written for support and other service providers working with people with intellectual disabilities, this book includes compelling and detailed case studies that illustrate possible positive approaches and reveal how people with disabilities can take control of their lives. www.amazon.com/Learning-Listen-Positive-Approaches-Difficult/dp/1557661642