Positive Behaviour Support demands that in addition to responding to challenging behaviour when it occurs (reactive strategies), we must also develop and introduce approaches that promote changes over time. These are called proactive strategies.

The implementation of proactive strategies will lead to improvements in the person’s quality of life and their need to engage in challenging behaviour. It is important to be realistic about the changes you can make and remember that while some proactive strategies may have immediate effects, some will take longer.

What are proactive strategies?

A range of changes we can make in the person’s environment, in the ways that we communicate, in staff attitudes and in risky situations to reduce the need for the behaviour. These might include:

  • Making the day more understandable for the person
  • Teaching the person alternative ways to get what they need
  • Increasing the range of activities and interactions available to the person
  • Changing the way we invite the person to be involved in activities
  • Rethinking our interpretations of behaviour as intentional
  • Getting better at picking up signs of anxiety

To find out more how we support people with challenging behaviour using proactive strategies, read our detailed leaflet:

Download our leaflet on Positive Behaviour Support

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