Explore Behaviour Support

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Our Behaviour Support Services

In order to best meet the individual needs of people referred to Explore’s service, we have developed a range of service options comprising an Early Intervention Pathway and a Behaviour Support Pathway.

Early Intervention Pathway

At Explore we know how important it is to provide support to children and their whanau as early in life as possible. Through this pathway we support parents/caregivers to further develop their awareness and skills  in positive parenting, so that they can  become confident and capable parents.

Our early intervention pathway offers various forms of behaviour support to suit the individual needs of your family/ whānau.  Our Behaviour Specialists utilise ‘Stepping Stones Triple P’ resources; an evidence-based programme which equips parents of children with disabilities with the skills and confidence to be self-sufficient, and to be able to manage family issues without ongoing support.

Explore is offering parents:

Stepping Stones Connect – a group based 6 session programme, with ongoing follow up support as needed.  The programme assists you to encourage and promote your child’s development and future potential.

Stepping Stones Individual – a home consultation programme of 8-10 sessions with ongoing follow up support as needed. The programme is more in-depth and is recommended for families facing significant problems.

You can find an overview of Stepping Stones and links to Triple P at this link.

Behaviour Support

What can you expect?

We will do a comprehensive assessment so that we can understand the reasons for the behaviour and determine what support strategies are most likely to be effective in supporting change and improved quality of life.

What does this involve?

  1. Assessment – we will with the person and the other people directly involved in their lives to understand the experiences of the individual and the broader social and physical context in which the behaviour occurs.  The focus of the assessment is on understanding the factors that make the behaviour more and less likely to occur as well as considering the individual and wider support team’s capacity to make informed and planned changes.
  2. Keeping everyone safe – where there are immediate safety concerns we will work with you to develop a safety plan. The safety plan provide guidance on what to look for and how to respond with the aim of minimizing distress and keeping everyone safe.
  3. Developing and implementing a behaviour support plan –the behaviour support plan focuses on addressing underlying factors, seeking to create physical and social environments that are supportive and capable of meeting the person’s needs and teaching the individual new skills to replace the behaviours that challenge.

Who is this service for?

To access this our early intervention and behaviour support programmes you need to have the following:

  1. A disability or diagnosis that enables you to access your local Needs and Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC).
  2. Be presenting with behaviour that is challenging or showing signs of developing behaviour that is challenging.

How can I apply?

Contact your local NASC to discuss your situation. All referrals to our behaviour support service must be made by the NASC

Watch the videos below to find out more about Josh and Michelle*, who have been supported by our Behaviour Support Services.

* Not their real names.