Foundation in Positive Behaviour Support for Speech and Language Therapists

This programme is available in-house, tailored to the needs of your organisation, or as open training.

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Programme details

Who is this for?

Speech language therapists who work with any age group (across home, school, community, hospital settings) who may display behaviours of concern (eg people with a learning disability and/or autism, SEMH, dementia) and who have little or no previous knowledge of Positive behaviour support (PBS).

Aim of the programme

This programme is designed for speech and language therapists who little or no previous knowledge or experience of PBS and would like to understand more about “challenging behaviour” and how we use the PBS framework to address these.

Summary of the day

  • Part 1: Context
  • Part 2: The values and components of PBS – A “targeted” approach
  • Part 3: A “Universal” approach to PBS
  • Part 4: Working under the Mental Capacity Act
  • Part 5: Case studies

Learning outcomes

  • To develop an understanding of the form and function of behaviours of concern and the 5 common functions of behaviour
  • To understand what is a functional assessment, what is in a positive behaviour support plan and the principle of least restriction
  • To understand the features of an “enabling environment” and the speech and language therapist's role in supporting this
  • To understand the principles of the Mental Capacity Act
  • To see how these principles are worked through in case studies