NDIS Registration - Where Are We?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been a wonderful scheme for many of our participants. It has allowed people to learn new skills, communicate their needs appropriately, become more independent, make new friends, try new things, and anything else that they hope to achieve. Recently, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission was developed, to provide oversight, and quality control to the registered providers. This is a very good step forward, where providers who wish, or need, to be registered need to go through a rigorous process, to ensure they are meeting the needs of their individual clients, and upholding their rights, with dignity. In saying that, it is also a very ti

Book Week!

This past week was Book Week, and all across Australia, in schools and pre-school settings, children were dressing up as their favourite characters! We shared a few of our favourite story books, here at Great Start Behaviour Services. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Mo Willems Our first book was Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. It's about a pigeon who speaks to the reader, begging them to let him drive the bus! Great for perspective taking, emotions, and assertiveness :D Perfect for preschool/early primary learners. Up All Night - The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain Our second book for book week was The Berenstain Bear “Bears in the Night” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Mere

Learning is Fun!

We love to mix things up at GSBS! School holidays are a great time to build on our relationships, and get some incidental teaching occurring. Pairing is a term in ABA, that describes the vital relationship building activities between the clinician and the client. Basically, we make ourselves as appealing as possible, by having a whole lot of fun, and being the 'giver of good things' for our clients. We can do this by engaging in their interests. This could mean, sharing the excitement of the latest video game, joining in with a raucous trampoline session, or simply creating a craft together. By becoming a person that our client associates with fun, we become “paired” with the reinforcement o

ABAA Conference Wrap Up!

The Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia - ABAA - hosted the 3rd Annual ABAA Conference in Brisbane, at the end of July. It was an amazing opportunity to meet up with other passionate behaviour analysts and hear some great discussions and lectures on a wide range of topics from some of the best in the field. The keynote speaker, Dr DeLeon, spoke of the economics of behaviour and the Relational Frame Theory. The other keynote speaker, Dr Martin, shared the fascinating history of the behaviour analysis credentialing process, and the growth of the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB), from humble beginnings to its current growth to countries around the world. The successes, chal

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