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Meet Leonie; Our New Behavioural Support Practitioner



Leonie joined Myxa in 2024 and has been such an amazing asset to the Behavioural Support team.

With experience working in the disability sector, paired with her Bachelors degree in Psychology Science and Criminology, Leonie brings a world of knowledge, compassion and support.


Tell us about yourself? 


Leonie: "I've always been passionate about supporting people, particularly those facing challenges in particular those with limited to no verbal communication ability.

I completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology. This background, along with my experience working within the disability sector and NDIS, has equipped me to work effectively with a diverse range of individuals.

In my previous role as a specialist support coordinator, I gained extensive experience in assessment and case management for specialist clients in the disability and social work sector including supporting participants in forensic settings and children in out of home care and foster care arrangements."

 

What drew you to wanting to become a PBS practitioner? 


Leonie: "I'm drawn to the positive and collaborative nature of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

It focuses on understanding the reasons behind challenging behaviours and developing strategies to support individuals in a positive way. 

I believe this approach fosters a more respectful and empowering environment for everyone involved. "


3. What do you love about working at Myxa? 


Leonie:  "I truly value Myxa’s commitment to building strong relationships with the participants they support and their families.

This collaborative approach aligns perfectly with my own values and allows me to work effectively as part of a supportive team. 

There's also a strong emphasis on professional development, which allows me to continue learning and growing in my role as a PBS practitioner."


4. Tell us about a highlight you have had in your career? 


Leonie: "During the pandemic I continued some of my disability direct support shifts which was a challenge that forced new and innovative ways of supporting participants.

In being forced to thinking far outside of the box, I enjoyed collaborating with the people I supported and took the opportunity to learn Australian Sign Language (ASL) and teach basic signs and fingerspelling to a young lady who has been mute for several years.

The growth in her independence as far as being able to order her own Subway lunch was incredible and gave us both such a sense of achievement. We also used these newfound skills to play battleship at the park which is a very fond memory of this time."


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