Practitioner Articles

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. 

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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.

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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.

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By Ethan McGuirk and Matthew MacGillivray

The key aim of this article is to provide a personal perspective that demonstrates the power of stress management and Low Arousal approaches in real-life settings.

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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.

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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).

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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.