Behaviour is a means of communication, often in response to unmet needs, frustration, fear, anxiety or discomfort. Positive Behaviour Support can help families to minimise triggers and teach children effective ways to communicate their needs.
What is your child's challenging behaviour trying to tell you?
Setting the scene for good behaviour, recognising triggers, dealing with issues, the teenage years and more.
I am trying to tell you something
A useful guide for parents and carers who are supporting adults who can behave in challenging ways.
Frequently asked questions
I am concerned about my child’s behaviour and the impact it has on their education. How do I advocate for them at school?
The first step is to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your concerns. It’s advisable to bring along any assessment reports from your child’s treating team or allied health professionals as these may provide insights into the underlying causes of their behaviour and offer recommendations for support in the school setting.
You may also want to share specific incidents or behaviours that have raised your concerns, so that you and your child’s teacher can collaboratively develop a plan of action to address your child’s needs in the classroom.
If your concerns persist you can request a meeting with the school leadership team. It may be helpful to bring along an education advocate for support. For help to find a suitable advocate, please review the advocates we have listed in the Useful organisations section of our website or contact one of our Kiind Peer Navigators.
What is the difference between an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and a Behaviour Support Plan (BSP)?
A Behaviour Support Plan is designed to address and improve the specific behaviours of an individual that may have a negative impact on their life or the lives of those around them. It is usually created with input from the individual, their family members and relevant professionals. A BSP outlines strategies and goals to change behaviour and will often involve reinforcement of positive behaviours.
An Individual Education Plan is a plan developed for students with disability or other additional needs, that helps them to achieve their educational goals. It is typically developed by a team, including teachers, parents and relevant professionals. An IEP outlines specific accommodations and modifications necessary to support the student.
The key difference between a BSP and an IEP is that a BSP focuses on behaviour while an IEP focuses on education.