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Neurodiversity Affirming Positive Behaviour Support

Neurodiversity affirming positive behaviour support (NAPBS) is an approach that recognises and celebrates the diversity of human neurology. It acknowledges that people have different neurological profiles, including neurotypical people and those with neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and others. NAPBS aims to support people with neurodiverse traits by focusing on their strengths, promoting self-determination, questioning the deficits, and providing a supportive and inclusive environment. 

Key principles and strategies with neurodiversity affirming positive behaviour support:

1. Understanding and respecting neurodiversity: NAPBS starts with the recognition that neurodiverse people have unique strengths, abilities and perspectives. It emphasises accepting and embracing different ways of thinking, learning and experiencing the world.

2. Strenths-based approach: NAPBS emphasises identifying and building upon peoples' strengths rather than focusing solely on deficits and challenges. By recognising and nurturing their strengths, people can develop confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging.

3. Person-centred planning: This approach involves involving the person, their family, and other important people in decision-making processes. It recognises that the person is the expert on their own needs and preferences and ensures that their goals and desires guide the support provided.

4. Individualised supports: NAPBS promotes tailoring supports and accomodations to meet each person's unique needs. This includes considering sensory needs, communication preferences, learning styles, distress behaviours and tolerance thresholds or any other factors that may impact their overall wellbeing. 

5. Universal design for learning (UDL): UDL principles emphasise creating inclusive learning environments that accomodate diverse learning styles and needs. By providing multiple means of representation, engagement and expression, UDL supports the learning and participation of neurodivergent students.

6. Advocacy and self-advocacy: NAPBS recognises the importance of advocating for the rights and inclusion of neurodiverse people. It also encourages self-advocacy by empowering people to express their needs, preferences and goals. 

Implementing NAPBS requires collaboration among support professionals, families and the broader community. Adopting a neurodiversity-affirming approach to positive behaviour support, we can create more inclusive and supportive environments that celebrate the contributions of all individuals. 


Positive Behaviour Plans

Perfectly Imperfect aim to reduce the cost of positive support assessment allowing more funding for implementation and supports. We do this by using an App to upload and record details in real time (where possible) on the behaviour. 
Standard process - is to arrange an appointment with the therapist to observe the individual in their environment where the behaviour often occurs.  Unfortunately as the individual knows they are being watched their behaviour will automatically change. This is called the Hawthorne effect of psychology. This will often result in spending funding on a therapist for an appointment to watch behaviours that do not occur. The therapist therefore needs to interpret information from discussions or will artificially induce the behaviours with any know triggers. 
This can be a costly process and unreliable to obtain a real understanding the the meaning and communication of the behaviours. 

Perfectly Imperfect's approach aims to remove the Hawthorne effect by having the family record behaviours in action and upload the recording in our APP. This results in reduced cost,( you are not paying for an hour appointment and travel and not seeing any behaviours) reduced anxiety and distress (as strangers are not entering your home), and more accurate interpretation of the behaviours as they occur. 

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