Koorana Child & Family Services provides therapeutic interventions for children and their families across Sydney.
What is Behaviour Support?
Behaviour Support at Koorana focuses on family centred interventions to address the underlying causes of behaviours of concern and challenging behaviours. It provides practical intervention for children who have behaviours of concern. Support is provided mainly through the development, implementation and review of a positive Behaviour Support plan. This plan can be applied in a variety of settings by people who support and care for the child on a day to day basis.
How is a Behaviour Support Plan developed?
The development of the child’s Behaviour Support plan will take about 6-8 weeks. It includes time spent gathering information in a range of settings to ensure the behaviour of concern is completely understood before any strategies or recommendations have been identified.
The process will involve:
- Information gathering – via observation of the child and discussion with key stakeholders;
- Development of the plan;
- Implementation of the plan by people involved in the day to day life of the child. This may include family members, the school community and other professionals; and
- Review of the plan to assess its effectiveness and decide on the next steps.
Who is my Behaviour Support Practitioner?
Behaviour Support Practitioners are experienced professionals with a background in positive behaviour support practice. They may come from a range of backgrounds such as:
- Occupational Therapy;
- Speech Pathology; and
- Specialist Education.
Where does Behaviour Support take place?
Behaviour Support sessions can take place at a Koorana centre, in the home, classroom, or other community setting. Our team will work closely with you to establish a location that best suits your needs.
How long does it go for?
Individual sessions run for about 30-60 minutes. The total number of sessions varies with each child depending on your goals. Our team will talk to you to discuss the most appropriate course of action for your child.
What if I do not speak English?
We can arrange for an interpreter as per your needs.
Do I need a referral to access Behaviour Support?
No, you do not need a referral from your GP to access Koorana’s services. However, if you wish to access Medicare funding, you will need to see your GP to check your eligibility and to obtain a treatment plan.
What is the cost of Behaviour Support services at Koorana?
Prices are set according to the NDIS price guide. For NDIS participants with behaviour support funding the cost will be met entirely by your NDIS plan. Medicare rebates cover a percentage of treatment costs, as do private health funds where these include allied health services coverage. Please contact us to discuss the best funding options for you.