Behavioural difficulties are common following acquired brain injury. These can include problems with irritability, aggression, low frustration tolerance, lack of social judgement, impulsivity, lack of motivation, inflexibility, or emotional lability. Many people with brain injury experience these changes in behaviour, personality and mood. They can affect:
- Relationships with family and friends
- Cause difficulties living in the community
- Restrict ability to participate in activities (like study or work or leisure)
- Lead to social isolation or loneliness
- Result in anxiety or depression and carer stress
Information, support and ideas for understanding, managing, preventing and living with these changes are a key focus of community rehabilitation at ABIOS. We provide the following services to assist individuals with brain injury, family and carers, and community services:
Behaviour consultancy - ABIOS provides professional consultation and advice to assist individuals with brain injury, their families, carers, and community services to understand and manage complex and challenging behaviour. ABIOS has a collaborative approach and works to enhance the quality of services and support available to people with acquired brain injury.
Behaviour resources - ABIOS has developed a range of practical resources to assist in understanding and managing challenging behaviour. The resources are aimed at three key groups: people with acquired brain injury, family and carers, and community services (therapy, medical, respite, housing, lifestyle support, vocational, and study or school). These resources are available through our website or by directly contacting our service.
Behavioural intervention and support - As part of an ABIOS rehabilitation program, we can provide goal-oriented psychological intervention to support and assist adults with acquired brain injury, families and carers to understand, manage and cope with changes in personality, mood and behaviour. Intervention could include counselling (or referral to private counselling services), education, or anger management training. ABIOS aims to link people to community services and resources for ongoing support and assistance e.g. longer term counselling and emotional support. The ABIOS approach focuses on:
- practical ideas for management of behaviour
- quality of life goals
- understanding environmental causes and factors for behaviour
- education as a key tool in prevention and management of behaviour
- positive and proactive approaches to management of behaviour
Behaviour training, skill development and education - ABIOS believes that understanding brain injury, and the associated cognitive, communication, physical, emotional, personality and behavioural changes is essential to any behavioural intervention. Practical, flexible and comprehensive training is offered to develop the skills, expertise and knowledge of people in the community working with adults with acquired brain injury, or with their family or carers.
Training can be adapted to meet the different needs of services in the community (small or larger group).
The following resources provide information sheets about a range of topics related to understanding acquired brain injury, and in particular, understanding changes in personality and behaviour. They have been developed to provide practical information and ideas for people with brain injury, family, friends, support workers and professionals.
For eligibility for an ABIOS service please read Direct Client Services.
To arrange training from ABIOS please read ABI Education.