Behaviour Support

Specialist positive behaviour support for people with disabilities/autism, their whānau and support services

Behaviour Support
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Empowering Positive Change

Our network of over 170 behaviour specialists are dedicated to working with parents, whānau, caregivers and residential care providers to improve wellbeing and quality of life for all, wherever you live in New Zealand. Our Disability and Autism services are funded by the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People.

For parents, caregivers and support workers we provide practical and flexible support to help you develop skills and strategies to manage any situation. If you’re currently receiving disability supports you will already be registered with a Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) service. You can talk with your Needs Assessment Service Coordinator about seeking specialist behaviour support from Explore. Find out more about your local NASC here

If the NASC decline your request or you are unable to cope with the long-anticipated wait-times, please reach out to us on 0800 605 001 or email [email protected].

If you have Individualised Funding, please approach your host and they can provide authorisation for you to use your IF Funding to access the services you need.

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Positive Behaviour Support

At Explore, we work within a Positive Behaviour Support framework and provide support and training for others in this model. The overall aim of our approach is to help people lead a meaningful life and learn new skills without unnecessary restrictions. It’s not simply about removing problematic behaviour. To find out more about positive behaviour support, click on the button below.

Resources and online support for families and whānau

Are you looking for help with your child’s challenging behaviour? At Explore we understand that life is busy, and it can be helpful to get some practical ideas as soon as possible. If you feel ready to make some changes right away, we have some online courses that will help.

Specialist Training

Explore partners with The British Institute of Learning Disability to deliver positive behaviour support  training and workforce development programmes across Aotearoa. This specialist training is for support workers and professionals wanting to develop skills in how to practically support people to live great lives and to effectively respond to challenging behaviours.

Neurodevelopmental Assessment

Explore can support the identification of people’s developmental needs through cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessment. Explore is contracted nationally to complete Intellectual Disability Diagnostic Assessments (IDDA) and we also can assess for autism, trauma and other developmental needs.

Autism Services

Explore is funded through the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People to support parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with autism.

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Wellbeing Support in schools

We know there’s nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of our tamariki and supporting them to thrive. To support our tamariki, Explore is partnering with the Ministry of Education to provide free wellbeing support for students, their whānau, and school staff in Hawke’s Bay, Horowhenua, Wairarapa, and Wellington regions.

Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccination

Some people are nervous about getting a vaccination, and they need to be supported through it. Explore has developed a set of resources, including an elearning module, for Support Workers, whānau and vaccinators who are assisting disabled and/or autistic people.  

Preventing Violent Extremist

DID YOU KNOW? – Online Violent Extremism grooming is real.

Radical groups are targeting vulnerable adults by befriending them in online efforts to then convert gradually, to be sympathetic to their cause and even incite violent behaviour.

To learn more about this, click here

Your Choice - Individualised training packages to make everyday activities easier for children.

An important part of what we do is to give you the understanding and tools that will help you support your child now and into the future. We provide practical and tailored support that makes a difference in everyday life.

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Tailored Wellbeing Support

We provide individualised support and practical tools designed just for you.

Non-Judgmental and Inclusive Environment

We prioritise your wellbeing and respect your journey, regardless of the specific label or diagnosis.

Holistic Approach to Wellbeing

By focusing on the bigger picture, we help you create lasting positive changes in your life.

Supporting Kiwis since 2004

Our experienced and compassionate team is here to support you on your journey towards positive change and personal growth.

How our service works


Explore receives a referral from NASC

Getting to know you / Mihimihi and whakawhanaungatanga

When we are ready to allocate a Specialist, we will talk with you about the best way Explore can support you. This will include working together to develop a Plan.

Using the plan / Kaupapa

We will work with you to put the plan into action and achieve the goals that are important to you.

Reviewing the plan / Kaupapa

We will review the plan as we go and make changes if we need to.

Ending the service / Poroporoaki