Family-Centred Positive Behaviour Support

The Family-Centred Positive Behaviour Support service is for families seeking strategies to address behaviour challenges and techniques to support their children as they acquire new skills. Our positive behaviour support services can enhance both child and family quality of life and increase the range of activities a family can enjoy together. 

Positive behaviour support services are tailored to each family’s concerns. Services may include comprehensive positive behaviour support plans or targeted supports focused on specific routines, or skills. Examples of potential target behaviours include:

  • Decreasing bolting
  • Aggression
  • Property destruction
  • Increasing independence in self-care routines
  • Teaching communication skills
  • Teaching safety skills
  • Enhancing cooperation with adult requests

Services are available for children and adults with Down syndrome, including individuals with a dual diagnosis (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder). 

Positive behaviour support services begin with a consultation to share concerns. Your service provider then conducts a functional behaviour assessment to gather more information about the behaviour challenges. During this process, families learn about the causes of challenging behaviours, prioritize goals, and teach functional skills. We develop an intervention plan collaboratively, and both initial and ongoing implementation support is provided.

We estimate 6-12 hours of individualized service at a minimum, at a rate of $100 per hour. Please note that the number of service hours depend on the severity of behaviour challenges. A budget estimate will be provided to the family after the initial meeting.

Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.

Client Agreement: Group Programs

Tuition Fees

Families have the option to pay the full fee at time of registration or pay the first month fee and provide post-dated cheques or credit card information for a monthly payment schedule, as outlined on the payment information form. Program withdrawals for group yearly programs must be made by September 30th and are subject to one month’s fee and a $150 administration fee. After September 30th, program fees are non-refundable

Student Progress

Informal assessments are used to evaluate students’ progress.  This information, along with regular communication with parents, is used to set individual and group program goals.

For more information on policies of specific programs or for any questions please contact Eleanor Stewart at 604-444-3773 x111 or