Reducing stress and challenging behaviour through low arousal: a whole-school approach

Quite often when considering how to manage behaviour, schools and educational settings have a strong focus on reactionary systems and fixed ‘medicalised’ processes.

This training course looks to change the focus of traditional approaches. By drawing on over fifty years’ worth of combined research and practical experience, it offers a unique, whole-school approach to reducing stress and challenging behaviour.

A key element of the low arousal approach is the notion of proactively reducing demands which are sources of stress for the individual, thus enabling individuals to engage in coping mechanisms as a means of self-regulation. This may seem counter-intuitive, especially as it can involve ‘allowing’ a person to engage in behaviour that may have formerly been viewed negatively.

The low arousal approach is based on an understanding of ‘flow states’, which are achieved through repetitive and engaging activities, and are associated with decreased arousal and reduced levels of stress.

By building your understanding of low arousal and how it can be used to manage stress, inform classroom pedagogy and underpin a whole-school approach, this training course is a truly flexible resource that can be easily adapted and personalised for different settings and circumstances.

Well-referenced and grounded in a strong research and practice base, this course can help transform approaches and improve outcomes for all young people.

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