Applied research has driven the work of Studio 3 Practitioners from the very beginning. Evidenced based practice is the cornerstone of our work. Over the last 20 years we have developed our training courses, by evaluating its impact and feedback? So good science means interpreting such evidence. The famous economist John Maynard Keynes once said “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”
It is our hope that evaluating the real impact of staff training can encourage a more scientific approach. The lack of evidence in the field is truly alarming (McDonnell 2011). In addition, introducing concepts that are well known in other fields to a new area can lead to the notion that “old wine in a new pot” can also be useful. The Atlass programme applies knowledge gained in the field of stress management to services that support people with autism. This has led to a change in thinking to our mantra “manage the underlying stress rather than behaviours per se.
We will actively encourage applied research as it helps us to develop our programmes.
Staff training in physical interventions
Training staff in physical interventions is a global billion dollar industry. Despite the widespread teaching of such methods in all care sectors the research is very inadequate. We at Studio 3 are world leaders in research in this field – the following literature review contains published studies that include training staff in physical interventions.
An earlier version of this review was originally completed by Dr Andrew McDonnell as part of his PhD thesis at the University of Birmingham in 2005. Since this time the review has been updated – it is our wish to make this information freely available
This PDf document will be reviewed annually.
The effectiveness of low arousal approaches
We are the originators of this term. Low arousal approaches are used worldwide and have a great deal of popularity. However, despite being conceptually strong there is a scarcity of hard data. this article provides a clear conceptual framework for the approach.
Dr Roy Deveau, Tizard Centre, University of Kent is currently evaluating low arousal approaches. initially, he is establishing the reliability and
validity of a staff measure of low arousal approaches.
(Written piece to be added by Roy Deveau, Tizard Centre, University of Kent)
Link to low arousal site
Autism and stress
We have developed a stress management approach
called Atlass autism. This focuses on stress management as a primary
intervention for people with autism.
The programme is the subject of evaluation in Denmark by researchers at the University of Aalborg.
Link to Atlass autism