A BSP is a person-centered plan designed to provide proactive support to an individual. Behaviour Support plans can be used to assist a person's supports with more information about an individuals likes and dislikes, their strengths and interests, and provide critical information on how to assist an individual to develop their skills.
Our BSPs are written collaboratively with the individual and the important people in their life. The goals of the BSPs we write are to improve the quality of life of the person receiving supports, and for their behaviours to be understood and viewed through a "Different Lens".
Different Lens ensures that training of carers and staff is prioritised within service provision to assist in the implementation of the Behaviour Support Plan. We utilise Video Behaviour Support plans to assist in the implementation of these plans.
A Functional Behaviour Assessment (FBA) is an analysis of a person and any behaviours that place themselves or their supports at risk. The purpose of an FBA is to consider the function (the "why") of a behaviour.
The FBA guides the development of strategies used within a Behaviour Support Plan.
Different Lens specialises in providing another lens through which to view and understand behaviour. With the use of video, Different Lens makes training material that further explains and supports the strategies and information provided within the behaviour support plans. Organisations have reported that having a training video has been beneficial as supports can watch this prior to commencing shifts with the participant. It shows supports how to implement a strategy which has led to further understanding and implementation.
Different Lens provides training to each Participant and their support network, inclusive of parents, support staff, teachers, bus drivers, work colleagues etc. Different Lens has a commitment to the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices, with training focusing on their fade out. We work collaboratively with the person to ensure that those supporting them have the information they require to understand and meet the persons needs.
Practitioners at Different Lens work directly with the participant and their support, when required, to develop a Participant’s skills. This is often done in consultation with other professionals e.g. occupational therapists, speech therapists, and teachers.
We organise training sessions with external speakers who specialise in areas that are of interest to our Participants and their supports.
These sessions are run within our training space at our clinic in Eltham and at local venues, dependent on the size of the trainings.
Based on the interests of the participants we support, we run small social groups ranging from photography groups, to dads groups, to grandparents groups. Our social groups are designed and planned with our Participants and allow us to create experiences that they have not been able to find elsewhere.