What is Behaviour Support Services?

Behaviour Support Services at Pathways Health Centre for Children helps to support Pathways children and youth and their caregivers who are struggling with behavioural challenges. Clinicians specializing in behaviour management will provide information, resources, and strategies to reduce challenging behaviours. Behaviour Support Services is a consultative process that requires the caregivers’ direct involvement throughout their time in service.

Who we are:

Behaviour Consultants hold post-graduate level education in the field of Behavioural Science.  This helps consultants to assess children and youth with challenging behaviours and implement principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis to change behaviour.  Consultants work with Pathways children and youth and their caregivers in a variety of environments helping to support the use of behaviour principles.

What we Provide:

Available Services

  • Strategies typically take a proactive approach including environmental modifications, building skills, establishing routines, exploring replacement behaviours, incorporating visual strategies, etc.
  • Information, resources, and strategies to reduce challenging behaviours such as aggression, self-injury, non-compliance, etc.
  • Information and strategies to support, increase, and maintain appropriate behaviours.

Assessment

  • An initial telephone consultation to introduce Behaviour Support Services, and initiate an assessment of the presenting behavioural challenges.
  • Following the assessment, an observation may take place during a therapy or program session or within the childcare environment, with caregiver consultations to follow. In some cases, referral to other local service providers may be discussed.

Intervention

  • Consultations take place in an environment that makes the most sense for the client, especially where the behaviours are likely to occur. These consultations typically take place at Pathways, at a licensed childcare or at a Best Start Hub.
  • Behaviour Support Services is a consultative process that requires the family’s direct involvement throughout their time in service. Both participation and implementation of the strategies provided will help to support a successful outcome.

What to Expect:

We provide strategies and recommendations to childcare providers for Pathways children and youth with challenging behaviours who attend licensed childcare centres in Lambton County. We consult with other Pathways clinicians who require support in delivering service due to the behavioural challenges of the client. We provide workshops for caregivers to further develop their behaviour management skills. Clinicians, childcare educators, and families play an important role in identifying goals and the consistent use of strategies.

  • Workshops take place at Pathways, the Parent and Professional Resource Centre (PPRC) at Lambton College, or virtually.
  • Arrangements can be made for education workshops to be provided at childcare locations as needed. Information about workshops will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • For behaviour information related to mental health, general parenting strategies, etc.
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How To Refer:

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The first step in accessing Behaviour Support Services is speaking with your Pathways clinician, Resource Teacher or Service Coordinator to help determine if a referral is appropriate for your family.  From there, an internal referral can be made for your child by a Pathways clinician.