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Title: Positive Behaviour Support
Date: 02-May-2019
Source/Author: Ipoh Echo

Positive Behaviour Support

Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah (YSIS) hosted a two-day Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Training organised by National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC) from April 20 to 21.

The hands-on session was conducted by Dr Diana Wee, consultant clinical psychologist with experience in supporting adults, children and families on the spectrum, both in Malaysia and Australia.

Attended by over 50 teachers, parents and clinicians, the training was aimed to build knowledge of PBS principles, build practical skills on behaviour assessment and build confidence to support individuals with special needs and behavioural difficulties.

According to Dr Diana Wee, PBS is an applied science that uses systems change (environmental redesign) and educational methods to increase the quality of life and reduce behaviour issues.

PBS is considered the model of choice, best practice, ethically stringent and evidence-based intervention option for people with disabilities and challenging needs.

Among the common errors made are viewing a person mainly as a "diagnostic label", viewing all behaviours of concern as "naughty or being difficult" and assuming everyone with the same diagnosis are similar.

The secret to successful behaviour support is to firstly understand the person, the needs and what is going on.

Present was Dr Wong Woan Yiing, President of NECIC cum consultant paediatrician.

"PBS is more holistic because they see behaviour as a function rather than as a problem. In old times we all see it as a problematic behaviour that we want to change when in fact it has a purpose and is trying to tell us something." Dr Wong, who has been practising over 30 years, told Ipoh Echo.

NECIC is a national NGO set up in 2011 to advocate on early childhood intervention services and inclusive education. It works in a collaborative effort with local organisers of the hosting state to carry out the national conference once every two years. For more info, visit www.necicmalaysia.org.

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