Positive Behaviour Support Resources

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What-is-your-childs-Challenging-Behaviour-trying-to-tell-you: A guide for families. – This guide is for parents, family members and carers who are worried about their child’s/family member’s behaviour. For the sake of readability we will refer to ‘parents’ and the child as ‘your child’ throughout the  resource. https://ddwa.org.au/resources/.

I-Am-Trying-To-Tell-You-Something-May-2019-PDF: Supporting adults who can behave in challenging ways: Supporting adults who can behave in challenging ways.  www.ddwa.org.au. June 2019.

Positive behavioural support for adults with intellectual disabilities and behaviour that challenges: an initial exploration of the economic case. Iemmi, Valentina, Knapp, Martin, Saville, Maria, McLennan, Kathy, McWade, Paul and Toogood, Sandy (2015)  International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, 5 (1). pp. 16-25.

Practice Guide No1 – QLD Centre of excellence – What is positive behaviour support? (Centre of Excellence for Clinical Innovation and Behaviour Support, August 2018).

Positive-Behavioural-Support-Competence-Framework UK 2015

Rethinking restrictive practices: A comparative analysis. Chandler, Kim, Willmott, Lindy, & White, Ben (2014).  QUT Law Review, 14(2), pp. 90-122.

Reducing challenging behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities in supported accommodation: A cluster randomized controlled trial of setting-wide PBS – Science Direct (2018)

The efficacy of PBS with challenging behaviour – LaVigna, G & Willis T. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. July 2012

The distinction between motivating operations and setting events – M R. Nosik1 & J E. Carr. Behaviour Analyst (2015).

Understanding Behaviour Support Practice Guide Children to 8 years of age –  Dew, A., Jones, A., Horvat, K., Cumming, T., Dillon Savage, I., & Dowse, L. (2017). Understanding Behaviour Support Practice: Young Children (0–8 years) with Developmental Delay and Disability. UNSW Sydney.

Understanding Behaviour Support Practice Guide Children 9-18 – Dew, A., Jones, A., Horvat, K., Cumming, T., Dillon Savage, I., & Dowse, L. (2017). Understanding Behaviour Support Practice: Young Children (9-18 years) with Developmental Delay and Disability. UNSW Sydney.

Positive Behaviour Support Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector

Positive Practice Framework: A guide for behaviour support practitioners. Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, January 2018

Complex Support Needs Planning – Living the life I want: A guide to help with planning has been developed with and for people with cognitive impairment and complex support needs to assist them to engage in making plans.

The uncounted costs – choice and control for people with behaviours of concern. Research report 2015

Positive Practices in Behavioral Support Through Non-Linear Applied Behavior Analysis, Facilitator’s Manual – Gary W. LaVigna, Thomas J. Willis, John Q. Marshall. © 2009 Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis® Los Angeles, California.


What is Positive Behaviour Support? – This animated video produced by the Centre for the Advancement of PBS at BILD gives a very helpful overview of PBS and how PBS approaches work in practice when supporting an individual.

What is Functional Behaviour Assessment? – by Educate Autism

Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support – An animated video by the Callan Institute.

The Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis

Centre for Applied Behaviour Analysis

Information sheets on challenging behaviour and PBS:  The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

* Part 1: Understanding Challenging Behaviour

* Part 2: Finding the causes of Challenging Behaviour

* Part 3: Positive Behaviour Support Planning

Autism Speaks Family Services – Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit

Applied Behaviour Analysis – information about ABA by Educate Autism

Schedules of Reinforcement – by Educate Autism

Positive Reinforcement – by Educate Autism

Negative Reinforcement – by Educate Autism

Token Economy – by Educate Autism

Extinction Procedures – by Educate Autism


Compendium of Resources for Positive Behaviour Support – This compendium of resources provides behaviour support practitioners with a comprehensive list of positive behaviour support assessment tools that can be used for the purposes of behaviour support assessment, planning, intervention, monitoring and review (NDIS Q+S Commission).

Data gathering tools (ABC, Scatterplots) – PBIS World

Reinforcement inventory for adults and children – Behavior Assessment Guide © 1993, IABA, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Preference Assessments/Reinforce Inventories – One way to reduce problem behavior is to provide a specific schedule of reinforcement. Preference assessments are a formalized way of identifying what an individual likes. (Autism Teaching Supports).


PBSP Template_2019 by Dr Alinka Fisher, Flinders University


Behaviour Intervention Plan Quality Evaluation Scoring Guide II – To Evaluate Behavior Intervention Plans. Diana Browning Wright.