November 8, 2021
If you have a child with complex care needs that is challenging to manage, it’s important to remember that help is available. Many families have children with cognitive disabilities that affect behaviour and communication.
We understand that managing these behaviours can sometimes be challenging for you, your child and your family. That’s why the NDIS offers support through Behaviour Support Plans. Not only are Behaviour Support Plans designed to help your child have positive interactions, but they also create strategies and provide training to help you and your family.
In this blog, we will cover eligibility for this type of support, and how you can apply.
What is a Behaviour Support Plan NDIS?
A Behaviour Support Plan is a type of capacity building support that can be funded for eligible NDIS participants. Capacity building supports are designed to help build skills and confidence when performing day-to-day tasks. You can read more about capacity building supports in our blog.
What sets Behaviour Support Plan NDIS apart from other capacity building supports is that it is designed to address challenging behaviours. These behaviours can include verbal and physical aggression, damaging property or inflicting self-injury.
A Behaviour Management Plan NDIS is designed to help your child develop the skills to have more positive interactions and behaviours. Your child’s Behaviour Support Plan will be designed in collaboration with you and your family, as well as any other existing supports, to ensure that it is designed to suit your specific needs.
How a Behaviour Support Plan can support your family
The overall goal of a Behaviour Support Plan is to strengthen your child’s skills through developing positive behaviour strategies. Depending on your child’s level of ability and their goals, the plan may aim to achieve some or all of the following strategies:
Ultimately, a Behaviour Support Plan will help you create a more positive environment for your whole family.
Building your case
To receive funding for Behaviour Support Plan NDIS, your child must undergo an assessment through the NDIS. Applying for funding for behaviour support can be complex and time-consuming. As a registered NDIS provider, Disability Plan Services have helped many people apply for the funding they need.
To be eligible for Behaviour Support Plan NDIS, your child must be:
Additionally, your child must meet one of the following criteria:
When you apply, you need to consider how your child’s emotions and feelings influence their behaviour, and what aspects of their life could be improved through support.
As part of the application process, you will have to reveal all of the support that your child is currently receiving, including everything from medication to counselling. Doctors, teachers and counsellors may have to provide reports for evidence of your child’s behaviours. These reports can help build your case by outlining why they would benefit from this type of funding.
How Disability Plan Services can help you
As a registered NDIS provider, Disability Plan Services can help with everything from applying for Behaviour Support Plan NDIS, to helping you manage your child’s plan. Our team of professionals can answer any questions you may have about the application process, and make sure you have everything you need to apply.
Once your child has received their plan, our experienced Support Coordinators can help you find and connect with local behaviour support practitioners.
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