Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder–5 describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a type of neurodevelopmental disorder, which means there is atypical growth and development of the brain or central nervous system resulting in their abnormal functioning (APA, 2013). ASD is characterised by difficulties in two domains: (1) social communication and social interaction; and (2) restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities.

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Based on the evidenced-based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), Behaviour Zen and ASD aims to educate, empower and enable people supporting students with ASD. Practical strategies on how to design the environment, activity and instructions to facilitate positive changes will be provided. 

Use the comprehensive checklists and tools provided to develop PBS plans that can be used to support the student consistently in all settings. This invaluable resource is useful for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, support staff, and mental health, allied health and supervisory professionals who support students with ASD. 

Dolly Bhargava, is a Speech Pathologist and she has also completed a master’s degree in special education. She works with children, adolescents and adults with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a variety of settings such as schools, accommodation, post school options, supported employment and prisons. Many of the individuals she supports have experienced abuse, neglect, family disharmony, repeated bullying, suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. She has seen first-hand how hard it can be for parents, teachers, support workers and other professionals to deal with the challenges of supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Dolly became convinced that the key to empowering and enabling this support depended on an expert blend of information, skills and responses; a kind of toolbox that would empower people with the knowledge, ideas and resources to support the individual positively. Through her consultancy, resources, face to face and online training services she helps provide people with the roadmap to guide the individual learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.


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