We aim to provide a caring atmosphere for adults who live independently in their own accommodation, whether owned or rented. We work towards implementing a programme that seeks to identify the challenges individuals face, using ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis), to help individuals we support. ABA applies behavioural principles to human behaviour, and concentrates on changing socially significant behaviour in meaningful ways, and results in better communication, improved wellbeing and confidence for each individual.
We support each person to work toward their own goals, particularly in the following areas:
- Supporting service users to access community-based activities and educational programmes, as well as employment opportunities
- Actively supporting service users to access holidays and short breaks to destinations of their choice, within an achievable framework
- Supporting service users to manage their tenancy responsibilities as well as access all their benefit entitlements
- Our Speech & Language Therapist works with individuals to assess their preferred communication style and level of communication, as well as training staff in the use of augmented communication tools, such as TEACCH, Social Stories, pictorial communications, use of symbols, and Sign/Makaton
- Our consultant Psychologist designs and implements therapies to meet the identified on-going needs of each individual
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the practical application of the science of Behaviour Analysis. It focuses on behavioural change and development that is beneficial to people and those around them in their everyday lives. In the context of Positive Behavioural Support, ABA investigates the various factors related to the reasons why people behave as they do and then applies its technologies to make a positive effect in their lives.
Initially, A Functional Behaviour Assessment seeks to identify the personal, environmental and social factors associated with behaviours that are undesirable, problematic or challenging. Once the relevant factors are identified, a comprehensive Positive Behaviour Support plan employs various ABA strategies to address the range of relevant factors as thoroughly as possible, in order to eliminate the person’s need to engage in behaviours that challenge.
For example, environmental triggers for the behaviour are modified or eliminated; day-to-day living skills that would benefit the person are identified and taught systematically in small, manageable steps; or the person may learn new ways to communicate for things they need in a socially acceptable way.
New behaviours and communication skills are reinforced promptly so that the individual is able to access his or her needs effectively in a way that is both constructive and socially acceptable.
This results in a quality of life enhanced by more positive interactions and relationships with other people and more opportunities for inclusion in the wider community.
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