communication support

Behaviour is Communication

Although we are a highly verbal society, speech is not the only way we communicate. We also use gestures, written words and sometimes devices and pictures.

Some individuals may not understand everything others say to them, or may have difficulty verbalizing their needs and wants. These kinds of difficulties can lead to feelings of frustration, isolation and anger, expressed through behaviours as wide ranging as arguing constantly with others, being physically aggressive, stealing and running away.

As part of Functional Assessment, Positive Behaviour and Communication Interventions help people express their needs and wants more clearly. Emotional discomfort is often reduced, while social relationships are enhanced.

Training and educational workshops on communication supports help caregivers and others consider the message behind challenging behaviour and develop strategies to assist individuals communicate their needs in ways that can be supported within their homes and communities.

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