Behavioural Support Team for Children

Behavioural support is offered to help children aged 4-12 who have moderate to severe behavioural difficulties. A team of professionals called the Behavioural Support Team have specialized expertise in delivering treatment to children with disruptive behaviour disorders. The team includes a psychologist, social workers, and a youth worker. 

The Behavioural Support Team works with children, families, guardians and other systems including day cares, schools, group homes across Prince Edward Island.

Is my child eligible? 

Your child can be referred to the service if: 

  • they are between the ages of 4-12; 
  • they are experiencing moderate to severe behavioural difficulties; 
  • their primary difficulty is a disruptive behaviour disorder (oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder), but may also have some other difficulties (attention, anxiety, academic, etc.);
  • their symptoms are present in more than one setting (home, school, community, etc.); or
  • they have already had an initial treatment attempt, but requires more intensive intervention. 

The programs are designed to address difficulties such as excessive arguing, fighting, yelling, property destruction, cursing, verbal and physical aggression. They can also help with excessive hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility, impaired socialization, and academic struggles.

What services does the Behavioural Support Team offer? 

The Behavioural Support Team offers:

  • group programming for children and parents in several locations across the province; 
  • parent education, treatment, and support; 
  • presentations and workshops; 
  • assessment and treatment planning; 
  • resource information; and 
  • consultation and support to other agencies. 

How do I make a referral to the Behavioural Support Team? 

All referrals to the Behavioural Support Team go through Centralized Intake. If you are a parent or guardian, and would like to talk to someone about the program or make a referral, call Children’s Intake at 1-866-833-5443

If you are a physician or other service provider, you can submit a Child and Youth Referral Form [PDF | 191 KB] or call Children’s Centralized Intake at 1-866-833-5443. 

Note: The Behavioural Support Team is not a crisis response service. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest Emergency Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital or Prince County Hospital. The Island Helpline number is 1-800-218-2885.

What are some of the evidence-based programs that are offered? 

Friends for Life 
Children, youth and families are faced with a number of stresses and challenges on a day to day basis. This is a well researched and innovative program designed to assist children, youth, and their families to learn important life skills to cope with stress and learn to manage difficult and challenging situations. This is a 10 session program. 

Incredible Years 
An evidence-based program for parents, and children that reduce challenging behaviours in children and increase social emotional learning and self-control skills. Parent and children’s groups are often run concurrently, so parents can attend at the same time as their children. Parents will learn what their children are working on, and therefore help them practice at home. This is a 15 week program. 

Triple P 
The Positive Parenting Program is a helpful, practical and easy-to-use approach for parents with a focus on positive parenting techniques. The program empowers all parents with skills and knowledge to effectively address day-to-day minor parenting challenges or more serious behavioural issues. Discussion groups cover topics such as dealing with disobedience; manage fighting and aggression; hassle-free shopping; and developing good bedtime routines.

Other programs and support include:

  • Parent education and support; 
  • Social and emotional skills training for children; and 
  • Consultations to other professionals and agencies.
Published date: 
March 30, 2017
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