Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often require special support with developing socially appropriate behaviours. For more information about the many reasons that behaviours of concern can arise for students with ASD, click here.
Students with ASD benefit from:
These are all features of the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support approach. All government schools in Victoria are moving towards implementing a School-Wide Positive Behavioural Support model in accordance with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development requirements.
School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support is a framework for schools which emphasises:
The framework divides the student population into three groups:
A school-wide positive behaviour approach requires all school staff to agree on the best way to respond to both appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. The staff have shared language about appropriate behaviour, and respond to student behaviour in a consistent, predictable way. The structure, consistency and predictability of this approach is particularly helpful for students with ASD. This is because students with ASD require clear instruction about social skills and behaviour, and have a strong preference for routine and predictability.