Specialist positive behaviour support for people with disabilities/autism, their whānau and support services
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore is funded through the Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People to support parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with autism.
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.
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.
It can be challenging to discuss any concerns you have about an employee’s drug or alcohol use. To help make this discussion easier for you, we’ve put together a helpful guide below.