Field of practice: the Positive Behaviour Support festival

A one-day festival explored the use of Positive Behaviour Support to ensure people with learning disabilities and autism live fuller lives. 

Move over Glastonbury; the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Festival has arrived. There were yurts, wacky costumes, crafts and creative-thinking spaces, but this was a festival with serious intent: to explore how to use PBS to help people with learning disabilities and autism live fuller lives.

The one-day event was intended to take nurses, social care staff, academics, care home managers and others working with people with learning disabilities out of their everyday environments and get them to ‘think differently’, says event organiser Lynsey Way.

At one with nature

The festival attracted 190 people from the NHS and private sector, including behaviour specialists, support workers and managers of residential and day services.

On site in Cobham, Surrey, yurts were used as 'thinking huts' and 'skills tent', and there was a 'Conversation Street'


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