This section will feature contemporary and relevant practitioner articles demonstrating best practice in low arousal supports. This series of articles written by Studio 3 key staff and trainers show how Studio 3 principles of Low Arousal Support and positive psychology are used in practice by members of our team.
THEMATIC ANALYSIS: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING AN INDIVIDUAL'S LIVED EXPERIENCE
By Lauren Naismith
The purpose of this article is to provide a rationale and framework for the use of a Thematic Analysis approach in clinical practice in order to better understand an individual's lived experience and support them with this.
RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION IN IRISH AND UK SCHOOLS
By Lauren Naismith, Andrew McDonnell, Rhiannon Ansemous and Karolina Morgalla
The use of restraint and seclusion in school settings is an international problem. It has been the impression of the authors that there has been an alarming increase in the acceptance of these practices in school environments.In this article, we outline some of the key issues, and use our knowledge of behaviour management to recommend solutions.
BEHIND THE GATES OF A GATED COMMUNITY: SYSTEMIC NEGLIGENCE IN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
By John Moriarty
In this article, we will look at some of the issues residential services can face, including toxic working environments, safeguarding violations and abusive practices, and attempt to discuss the wider implications of poor practice for care services across the UK.
DISABILITY AS A SOCIAL GRACE: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE
By Stephanie Bews-Pugh
In this article, I reflect on my experience of having a hidden disability and how this informs my practice as an Assistant Psychologist. Throughout I use some illustrative examples, both from my personal life and from a clinical case study.
PRACTICE-BASED EVIDENCE: A PATHWAY FOR PERSON-CENTRED SUPPORT
By Marion O'Shea
In recent years, there has been a move towards making research more representative of the diversity that we see around us. This article discusses the need for practice-based evidence to inform support in the context of neurodiversity.
ANGER, THE CLIENT-PRACTITIONER RELATIONSHIP, AND THE LOW AROUSAL APPROACH
By Manfred Davies and Ethan McGuirk
The primary purpose of this article is to help practitioners, families, and wider communities support individuals with a learning disability presenting with anger. This article briefly describes how anger arises in the learning disability community, shows fictitious examples of anger and provides tangible actions.
PHYSICAL INTERVENTIONS: Reducing Restrictive Practices in Schools Using the LASER Approach
By Gareth D. Morewood and Andrew McDonnell
This short article describes how the Studio 3 LASER Programme approaches the difficult topic of reducing physical interventions and other restrictive practices within schools and other educational settings.
THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: Applying the Low Arousal Approach to Persons Who Engage in Behaviours of Concern
By Karolina Morgalla, Andrew McDonnell, Carl Benton and Tarendeep Johal
This article provides a case study in Low Arousal, demonstrating the application of Low Arousal Approaches to a person who is distressed.
THE FAMILY PERSPECTIVE
By Hannah McAuliffe and Marion O'Shea
Autism is a condition that continues to be misunderstood and stigmatised in society today. This can make it increasingly difficult for autistic individuals and their families to access support structures. This article offers an insight into supporting autistic individuals from a family perspective.
EMPATHIC STRESS SUPPORT
By Profesor Andrew McDonnell
The second in this series of practitioner articles, this article goes on to describe a more ecclectic, humanistic approach to supporting distressed individuals, moving away from behaviourist techniques and philosophies. Professor Andrew McDonnell discusses a new model for working with vulnerable adults and children: Empathic Stress Support (ESS).
THE RECOVERING BEHAVIOURIST
By Profesor Andrew McDonnell
As a Clinical Psychologist with almost 30 years experience, Professor McDonnell describes himself as a 'behaviourist in recovery'. From his roots as a 'radical behaviourist' in the 1980s to his current, eclectic approach to clinical supports, Professor McDonnell shares his journey and why he no longer subscribes to the behaviour psychologist philosophies of his early career.