Positive Behaviour Support

Individuals supported by The Kent Autistic Trust have access to

our internal Positive Behaviour Support Team.

About Us

The Kent Autistic Trust has always had a clear philosophy regarding the support of those whose behaviour challenges and this is embedded throughout training and practice.

We believe in being non aversive. Without exception.


We will respond to challenging behaviour sensitively using low arousal approaches, but we will always place the emphasis on being proactive rather than reactive, and use positive motivation to elicit positive behaviours.

What is PBS?

Sometimes anxiety, frustration, wants and needs manifest as “Challenging behaviour”.

This can be very stressful for the individual, staff and families and can have a real impact on people’s safety, emotional wellbeing and community presence.


In order to support a person whose behaviour challenges we look to understand why the person is behaving the way they are and what skills they need in order to achieve this in more appropriate ways.


Positive Behaviour Support - is a combination of approaches based on:

Understanding that challenging behaviour happens for a reason and making the effort to find out

what purpose it is serving for the person.

  • A focus on proactive interventions to manage challenging behaviour rather than reactive or restrictive measures.

  • A focus on teaching the individual skills that achieve the same outcomes as their challenging behaviour, so that they don’t have to do it anymore.

  • Providing person centred support, with a strong focus on human rights, citizenship and community presence


Positive Behaviour Support is an approach where the main focus is not actually on the persons challenging behaviour but on increasing their quality of life. A very fortunate side effect of striving to provide a great quality of life is a reduction in the frequency and severity of challenging behaviours.

The Team

The Positive Behavioural Support team comprises of five staff who specialise in behavioural, communication

and sensory support. We are committed to integrating the principles of Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)

into every aspect of the service provided to the people we support.

Tamsin Gregory-Conquest
Head of PBS

Paul Cairns

PBS Lead

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Jodie Ray
Communication Practice Lead

Justin Isherwood

Occupational Therapist

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Carmel Tucker
PBS Team Admin Apprentice

Services We Provide:

  • Proactive / reactive strategies

  • Observations and trouble shooting

  • Full functional assessment of challenging behaviour

  • Behavioural data collection and analysis 

  • PASADD assessment—screening of mental health symptoms in people with a developmental disability

  • Speech and Language assessments

  • In house coaching in implementing communication systems (e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System, social stories)

  • Occupational Therapy assessments

  • Sensory assessment and support to implement recommendations

  • Sensory equipment available for demonstration and trialling

  • Medical equipment desensitization kits and support

In House Training Including:

  • Positive Behaviour Support, Functional analysis and multi element model

  • Sensory awareness

  • Communication techniques and visual aids

  • Teaching skills (functionally equivalent to a behaviour or coping / tolerance skills)

  • Studio III training – low arousal theory and non-aversive physical intervention