Working with Individuals
Every individual, and the respective context, is unique and therefore the approaches we take vary. Our work usually involves any, or any combination of:
- Assessment (behavioural and non-behavioural);
- support planning; and
- implementation support.
These include such activities as functional behaviour assessment (and analysis), preference assessments, environmental audits, sensory profiling, person centred planning, behaviour skills teaching (for the individual, and carers/supporters), delivery of direct behavioural interventions (such as shaping, desensitisation or rapport building) and practice leadership support.
We place an emphasis on not expecting others to do something we would not try ourselves. Therefore, wherever possible, and appropriate, we try to work side by side with families/staff and often directly with individuals. Engaging the individual, families and support staff is an important part of the process.
Click on one of the tabs below to get some examples of how we have helped in the past.
- Wellbeing audit
- Functional Behaviour assessment
- Positive Behaviour Support planning
- Practice leadership coaching
We have worked with adults across a variety of settings such as residential care homes, supported living homes and hospitals.
One example of how we supported an individual living in a care home was Kyle (not his real name). We received a referral as Kyle was having daily incidents resulting in staff injuries. As a result, staff had
lost confidence in working with him and he was not going out anymore. Kyle’s quality of life was suffering and staff were demoralised.
We engaged in a systematic rapport-building process by undertaking preference assessments and pairing ourselves with the things he liked. We then worked with the staff team to enable them to enjoy these activities again with him.
Once Kyle started building trust in those around him again and we (PBSuk staff and his suppprt staff) started to build our confidence, we started to re-engage Kyle with activities out of the house that he had previously been known to enjoy. Following this, we developed a positive behaviour support plan that included some environmental adaptations being made (i.e. a room in the house where Kyle could engage in his preferred activities with staff, without interruption)
“PBSuk were recommended to me by a colleague as I needed an urgent review of current behaviour intervention and PROACT SCIPr-uk training.
Paddy, Tia and the team got to work immediately and supported the services, provided training and mentoring to staff and delivered detailed plans for staff for safe working practises. They worked with the people who use the service at their pace and when was required, even overnight, and got to know them and their individual needs and strengths.
Tia kept me updated through the process and always remained professional and caring. I would certainly use their services again.”
We have worked with young people across a variety of settings (home, school, respite centres and CAMHS units)
The youngest person we have worked with is 4 years old. The initial referral came in requesting support as Sean (not his real name) would only eat if hand fed by dad and was experiencing serious challenges transitioning through doorways. The impact was significant as he had to be sent home from school to eat and would struggle with every transition along the way (sometimes resulting in restraint being used to move him).
After building a little rapport with Sean and doing some work to establish the kind of actions that motivated him, we used some shaping and desensitisation procedures to support him to be comfortable accepting food from others and to lessen the stress of transitioning through doorways (one particular song stored on a phone seemed to provide enough positive emotion to cancel out the aversive nature of transitioning – thanks George Ezra!!)
We also identified some academic and verbal motor skill deficits and so engaged an ABA tutor and specialist Speech and language therapist to complement these approaches.
What the family have said so far:
“PBSuk are an extremely professional company. They have been able to create programs of work centred around the areas that were proving difficult for our family.
The initial baseline assessments they carried out in order to get the correct programs of work in place for our daughter were very comprehensive…The progress and achievements our daughter has made since PBSuk began working with her is phenomenal, way beyond what we could have ever hoped for.
Whenever I need advice or have questions Tia is always so quick to reply. She is always thorough and
honest in her responses and I have full trust that she will recommend what’s best for our daughter at all times”