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Centre’s support ‘blends person-centred values and behavioural science’



Behaviours that challenge can affect the quality of someone’s life following an ABI, while also impacting on the lives of their family and friends.

Speaking at a recent webinar for brain injury case managers and solicitors, Donald Graham, Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner at Calvert Reconnections, described how the ground-breaking service integrates PBS as part of its wider ABI rehabilitation programme.

Graham explained how PBS emerged from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the Learning Disability Field as a non-aversive behavioural model, taking the evidence-based approach of ABA and moving towards a more positive, quality of life PBS model of behavioural support.

He said: “Effective PBS is person-centred and proactive, meaning it focuses on getting the environment right for the individual, rather than just reacting and responding to any behaviour that challenges.

“At Reconnections, we blend person-centred values and behavioural science, using evidence to inform decision-making.

“There is strong evidence that PBS is effective in producing positive outcomes, helping ABI survivors to communicate in a more effective and non-challenging way and increasing opportunities because of this intervention.

“Actively improving a person’s quality of life is a key PBS intervention.

“Part of the role of PBS is to develop a positive relationship with the new participant, get to know them and support them to complete a PBS Plan, which will go with them on the next step of their journey.

“Participants can expect to be an active or leading part of this process throughout their time at Reconnections.

“PBS works alongside the wider clinical team to develop a rehab plan and specific goals, helping participants to achieve meaningful outcomes as part of their rehabilitation.”

Calvert Reconnections offers a new approach to brain injury rehabilitation, combining cognitive and physical rehabilitation with vocational and outdoor activities delivered in a non-clinical environment.

Activities range from reflective pursuits such as fishing, bird watching or a nature walk to higher adventure activities such as horse riding, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling – all closely assessed and graded to a person’s interests and functional abilities.

Find out more about Calvert Reconnections at calvertreconnections.org.uk