Behaviour Development Program
What Is It?
The Behaviour Development Program works with the key people in a child's or adult's life, teaching them new skills and ways of responding that will encourage positive behaviour change.
Who Are We?
- Our team is made up of a coordinator, behaviour consultants, and a supervising psychologist.
- We specialize in working with persons with developmental disabilities.
- We can do assessments for dementia, obsessive compulsive disorders or parent stress index for parents.
- Purchase of service for sexuality education may be available.
What Do We Do?
The Behaviour Development Program uses a mediator model - we train parents, caregivers and/or service providers to carry out programs designed by our consultants.
Clients receive weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly consultations.
We Work With Individuals by:
- Connecting with the caregiver over the phone to determine program suitability, and to explain the process.
- Conducting a home visit to explain the program, learn about the specific behaviour concerns, and determine needs.
- Have the caregiver fill out forms regarding the person's social history and behaviour.
- Based on observation and on information gathered, develop a Behaviour Support Plan with goals and objectives for behavioural change using the least intrusive procedures and best practice.
- Working with skills that the person already has and build on those.
- Assisting caregiver in gaining effective interaction skills, which encourage positive behaviour
- Taking small, manageable steps to attain goals.
- Using positive reinforcers, both tangible (treat), and natural (smile, "high five"), to effect positive change
- Provide workshops/training and provide reference materials (lending library) to mediators.
Please note, the individual can have different mediators in different settings (e.g. home, school, camp, workplace).
Clinical supervision is provided by a Consulting Psychologist on a regular basis.
Who Is It For?
- People living in Lanark County
- Anyone over the age of 2 who has or could develop a developmental delay
- Parents, caregivers, teachers, group home staff day program staff who care for children or adults with behaviour challenges
- Anyone wanting information on behaviour strategies
- Agencies who request an in-service
How Does It Help?
The CHILD OR ADULT will:
- Build self-esteem, confidence, and independence.
- Be able to participate more fully in the community
- Feel less frustrated
The PARENT OR OTHER SUPPORT PERSON will:
- Experience an increase in positive interactions with the individual
- Feel supported, empowered, and more confident
- Gain a sense of satisfaction on seeing a positive change in the child or adult because of his/her own efforts
- Feel more effective in encouraging positive behaviour change
- Receive expert advice regarding behaviour concerns
Common Reasons for Referral
- Self injurious behaviour
- Non compliance.
- Skill development
- Referrals and service inquiries are welcome from any individual or group.
- This includes parents, schools, day cares, group homes, medical professionals & other agencies (CAS, Open Doors, etc).
- Referrals may be mailed, faxed or taken by phone.