Position Statement – Positive Behavioural Support

Behavioural interventions for autistic children and adults.

Position statement

We welcome and endorse the clarification in the report by Gore at al 2022* that the use of Positive Behavioural Support as defined in that report, is not intended for persons identifying as neurodivergent who do not have a learning disability.

In welcoming this clarification, we remain concerned about the reported use of behavioural interventions with all autistic people, including those reported as having a learning disability. We recommend alternative approaches, that take full account of autistic opinion and experience, be pursued, and developed.

We further recommend that official guidance be reviewed in this area as a matter of urgency.

*Positive Behavioural Support in the UK: A State of the Nation Report: Gore et al: International Journal Of Positive Behavioural Support: BILD CAPBS Vol 12 Supplement 1

Agreed by AT-Autism Board – 13 April 2022

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