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In a world that should be inclusive for everyone, individuals with disabilities often face unique challenges that can hinder their overall well-being. That is where NDIS Behaviour Specialists step in. These professionals play a critical role in supporting individuals with disabilities to overcome behavioural and social barriers, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives. By utilising evidence-based strategies and implementing person-centered approaches, NDIS Behaviour Specialists are making a profound impact on the lives of those they support.

What do NDIS behaviour specialists do?

NDIS Behaviour Specialists work closely with participants and their families to develop personalised plans tailored to their specific needs. This enables them to address behaviours of concern, improve social skills, and enhance overall quality of life.

Behaviour Specialists use evidence-based interventions and approaches to address behaviours of concern and social barriers. These interventions may include functional behaviour assessments, skill-building programs, and the implementation of positive behaviour support plans. By focusing on the individual’s strengths and preferences, Behaviour Specialists empower participants to overcome challenges and develop new skills.

The impact of behaviour specialists on individuals with disabilities

One of the key impacts of Behaviour Specialists is the improvement in social skills. Through targeted interventions and skill-building programs, individuals with disabilities can develop effective communication, social interaction, and problem-solving skills. This not only enhances their ability to navigate social situations but also improves their overall well-being and quality of life.

Behaviour Specialists also play a vital role in addressing behaviours of concern. By identifying the underlying causes and triggers of these behaviours, they can develop strategies to minimise or eliminate them. This not only improves the individual’s safety but also reduces stress and increases their ability to engage in meaningful activities.

Case study: Meet Chloe

Chloe is a 9-year-old girl who would run out of her classroom at school and the school had significant concerns for her safety. If her teachers tried to stop her, she would throw her table and chair and lash out.

Having met with the school and completed some observations and data collection it was hypothesized that Chloe was running out of the room when she did not want to engage in a particular subject or when the duration of the task/activity exceeded 15 minutes. This behaviour is often referred to as escape/avoidance behaviour.

Through a collaborative approach we were able to work with the school educators to implement regular sensory breaks where Chloe was taught to communicate when she needed a break. Chloe had a specific break out space set up to assist her regulate. That break out space consisted of cards which supported Chloe to choose which sensory break activity should engage in.

Initially, Chloes teacher would encourage Chloe to have a break when they could identify Chloe’s early warning indicators that she was unsettled. Over time Chloe was able to initiate having a break and would resume her activity.

After four months of implementing this program, Chloe was no longer running out of the classroom.

How to become a NDIS behaviour specialist

If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities, a career as a NDIS Behaviour Specialist may be right for you. Here are the steps to becoming a Behaviour Specialist:

If you have practical experience working with individuals with disabilities, you could be considered suitable based on your transferrable skills to work as a behaviour support practitioner.

  1. Complete a suitability assessment and application form. You will need the endorsement of a clinical supervisor. Once you have completed this process the NDIS Q&S commission will either determine you are suitable or note suitable. If deemed suitable, you are registered with the NDIS and will receive a Behaviour Support Identification number.

As part of that process, you should develop a Professional Development plan with your supervisor. That plan should contain the area of development as identified in your suitability assessment with the view of developing your capabilities to progress in your journey.

  1. Develop knowledge and skills: Stay updated on the latest research and evidence-based interventions. Attend workshops, conferences, and training programs to enhance your knowledge and skills.
  2. Network and collaborate: Build relationships with professionals in the field, such as doctors, psychiatrists, education, justice, health, other allied health professional and other Behaviour Specialists. Collaborating with experts in the field can expand your knowledge and open opportunities for growth.


How to choose a NDIS behaviour specialist for your loved one

When choosing a NDIS Behaviour Specialist for your loved one, it is important to consider the following factors:

  1. Experience: Ensure that the Behaviour Specialist has the necessary skills and experience to meet your loved one’s specific needs. Our Behaviour Specialists have been working with people with disabilities for many years.
  2. Approach and philosophy: Look for a Behaviour Specialist who adopts a person-centered approach and values the individual’s preferences and goals.
  3. Collaboration and communication: Effective collaboration and communication are essential for successful outcomes. Choose a Behaviour Specialist who fosters open and transparent communication with you and your loved one.
  4. Compatibility: It is important that your loved one feels comfortable and connected with the Behaviour Specialist. Trust your instincts and choose someone with whom your loved one can build a positive rapport.

Funding options for behaviour specialist services

Behaviour specialist services may be funded through the NDIS. Participants can access funding for behaviour support under the Improved Relationships category of the NDIS. This funding can cover the cost of assessments, development of behaviour support plans, and ongoing support from a Behaviour Specialist.

To access this funding, participants need to have their support needs assessed by the NDIS and develop a plan that includes behaviour support. The plan should outline the goals, strategies, and desired outcomes for behaviour support.

It is important to work closely with the NDIS and your chosen Behaviour Specialist to ensure that funding is allocated appropriately and that the planned support aligns with your loved one’s goals and needs.

The future of behaviour specialists in the NDIS

As the NDIS continues to evolve and expand, the role of Behaviour Specialists will become increasingly important. The demand for their expertise and support will continue to grow as more individuals with disabilities access the scheme.

The future of Behaviour Specialists in the NDIS lies in their ability to adapt to the changing needs of participants and the evolving landscape of disability support. By staying informed about the latest research and evidence-based interventions, Behaviour Specialists can continue to make a significant impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

How to start working with one of our Behaviour Specialist?

Our Behaviour Specialists have a person-centered approach and use evidence-based strategies and targeted interventions to empower individuals to lead fulfilling and inclusive lives.

We collaborate with people across various age groups and diverse backgrounds, ranging from children aged five and above with developmental disabilities to adults dealing with mental health conditions. Additionally, we engage with families, schools, and other professionals to deliver a coordinated approach to behaviour support.

To sign up for our services is easy. Just send us an email, call us, or complete our referral form so we can discuss your individual goals and needs.