Positive Behaviour Support Resources

Guidelines and papers

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.



Positive Behaviour Support Working together to make things better – A document in easy read about Positive Behaviour Support to use when working with people with learning disabilities (Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support).

Positive Behaviour Support …and why it should be included in service specifications – Easy read document by Tyzard Centre.

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.

Centre for the Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support (CAPBS) – BILD UK. A wealth of PBS resources including videos.

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).


PBS Plans and templates

PBSP Template_2019 by Dr Alinka Fisher, Flinders University


Monitoring tools

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