When we were young and growing up, we all exhibited behaviours that others found challenging. We might have shouted, hit out, thrown things on the floor, slammed doors, refused to get dressed for school etc as we learned how to get what we wanted and the boundaries of behaviours that were expected of us. Most of us will have learned different and more effective ways to achieve positive outcomes, express our frustration and to cope with disappointments. But for some people with disabilities or who have experienced trauma, challenging behaviours may have been the only way they can cope with past trauma or they can get their needs met, and the behaviours may have persisted for a very long time.
At Blue Sky Enabling all of our staff are trained in Positive Behaviour Management Professional (including Trauma Informed Care & Support) so that they understand why people behaviour in ways that others find challenging and they learn how to work alongside our service users to enable them to express their feelings and to get their needs met in healthy ways.
Many of our service users will arrive at a point of crisis. Our Registered Manager and Care Managers will work with them, their families and teams of professionals (variously their social worker, behaviour support nurse, psychiatrist, psychologist, speech & language therapist, community nurse etc) to develop their unique Positive Behaviour Support Plan (PBSP) that focuses on a multi-faceted approach to improving their quality of life. Each PBSP guides the staff to enable the service user to get their needs met and to understand and express their feelings without having to act in ways others find challenging.
Although Blue Sky Enabling is able to train staff in restrictive physical practises (removals and restraints), we have in fact been able to work very successfully with service users with very challenging behaviours where others have failed, without having to use any restrictive physical practises; in every case we have seen a substantial improvement in the quality of life of our service users, resulting in a significant reduction in behaviours that challenge.