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oDDSS is growing and needs talented disability support professionals to join the team. Explore our current opportunities below:

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Behaviour Support Therapy Assistant Role at PoDDSS

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s the role of a behaviour support therapy assistant is relatively new in the sector, we just want to clarify the role and how it can assist the person, the family, service provider, school, or allied health service.

The PoDDSS Approach

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oDDSS approach aligns with the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis (IABA Los Angles) and their non aversive approach in keeping with the UN Convention for the rights of people with disabilities.

The Therapy Assistant Person at PoDDSS is trained in PART (Predict and respond to incidents of challenging behaviour) and in situations where behaviour is physical aggressive, they will utilise the evasive techniques they have been taught.

Managing people with complex and challenging behaviour can be difficult for some support workers, teacher aids & families so overall the role of the Behaviour Support Therapy Assistant is to build the confidence of others to be able to work effectively with people who use behaviour to communicate a message. This means that their involvement is of a short-term nature to build capacity / confidence and then move on to the next person.

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Examples of Responsibilities

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ere are examples of responsibilities that a behavioural assistant may complete depending on the situation and what has been negotiated, it is representing typical tasks they are likely to perform in their roles:

  • Model to others how to approach, manage, & des-escalate potential incidents and transition from events & activities.
  • Model self-help and independent skills to assist people with disabilities to achieve their establish goals.
  • Apply Proactive Positive Behaviour Support Principals (IABA) and other evidence-base methods are used to decrease challenging behaviours and teach skills.
  • Apply sensory supports to reduce anxiety and support those with trauma backgrounds to engage in activities or places by supporting the use of identified coping strategies.
  • Utilise IABA behavioural therapy techniques to address target behaviours and reinforce positive behaviours.
  • Implement and model alternative communication intervention strategies for the purpose of teaching people to communicate effectively.
  • Assist in strengthening / developing people‚Äôs skills in interpersonal communication, social interactions, behavioural conduct, understanding their sensory needs and coping and adapting.
  • Cultivate rapport with people with disabilities to better service clients through successful outcomes.
  • Teach those support people with challenging behaviour to record incidents of challenging behaviour to inform the behaviour practitioner.

To explore this exciting opportunity please contact Joyce-Lyn Smith or Susan Thinee at PoDDSS on phone 47006854.

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