Behaviour Support Specialists

Our network of over 170 behaviour specialists are dedicated to working with parents, whānau, caregivers and residential care providers to improve wellbeing and quality of life for all, wherever you live in New Zealand. Our Disability and Autism services are funded by the Ministry of Health.

For parents, caregivers and support workers we provide practical and flexible support to help you develop skills and strategies to manage any situation. If you’re currently receiving disability supports you will already be registered with a Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) service. You can talk with your Needs Assessment Service Coordinator about seeking specialist behaviour support from Explore. Find out more about your local NASC here

If you are not eligible for funded specialist behaviour support services have a chat with one of our Specialist Services Managers to find out about our fee for service options.

Explore Specialist Disability

0800 Service

Our Explore 0800 service is designed for people with disabilities/autism and their support people who are looking for advice or support around challenging behaviours. To access this service you don’t need a referral and it doesn’t matter whether you’re new to Explore, currently on our waitlist or you’ve worked with us previously. Available Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, when you phone our 0800 number you will be connected with an administrator who will then book you an appointment with one of our specialists.

Getting it right for Māori

We want to understand who you are, what you value and how we can work best with you and your whānau. We want to partner with you to bring about the positive change that you want to achieve.  Awhi Te Tangata is one of our guiding documents that underpins everything we do at Explore. Awhi te Tangata is about supporting people and comprises three key values:

  • Aroha – love and care
  • Tūmanako – hope and aspiration
  • Whakapono – commitment and trust

Our framework for engaging with Māori is Mana Manaaki:

Our specialists are supported to grow their knowledge, confidence and skills in working with Māori and celebrating the special position held by Māori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa and treaty partners under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  We provide our Explore specialists with training, cultural supports, noho marae opportunities, encouragement and expectation to grow their cultural competence.

We look forward to working with you and bringing our kete to add to yours.

Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – With your basket and my basket, we will sustain everyone

Ngā mihi manaaki ki a koutou katoa.

Positive Behaviour Support

At Explore, we work within a Positive Behaviour Support framework and provide support and training for others in this model. The overall aim of our approach is to help people lead a meaningful life and learn new skills without unnecessary restrictions. It’s not simply about removing problematic behaviour. To find out more about positive behaviour support, click here


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