One Day Course

Introduction to the Low Arousal Approach Online Training

This introductory online course is 6 hours in length, and can be taken all in one day or offered in 2 – 3 hour sessions online. Sessions are designed for 12 – 15 participants. If your group is smaller, just let us know and we can have you join with another group. The cost is $125 per person plus GST.

Low arousal approaches are research-based and have been clinically tested by Studio III Training Systems, European leaders in the field of behavior management.

This online introduction to the Low Arousal Approach Session provides professionals, support workers, carers, and family members with a better understanding of how to support individuals in distress using the Low Arousal Approach. As this is an online introduction, the theory portion of the course is condensed.

 Topics covered are: 

Our Roles and Responsibilities
Causes of Distressed Behaviors
Anatomy of an Incident
The Low Arousal Approach
Emotional Debriefing
Managing Behaviors vs Changing Behaviors

This introductory course focuses primarily on practical, non-confrontational approaches to supporting individuals who experience significant stress and present behaviors that may be difficult to manage. Training has encouraged support providers to focus on the person rather than the behavior and trying to understand the underlying causes of the behavior, rather than viewing it as a problem that needs to be solved.

Course participants are also introduced to a range of proactive and reactive strategies as well as being given opportunities to reflect on their own behavior and how this may impact the behavior of others. Time is also devoted to the development of effective coping strategies that can help support providers manage their own stress and anxieties around the individuals and behaviors they work with.


Outcomes for One Day Course

What can participants expect to walk away with from participating in the one day course. 

  1. Understanding Roles and Responsibilities of supporting a distressed individual within the framework created by the Law and Policies and Procedures.
  2. Understanding the terms Proactive (Primary), Active (Secondary) and Reactive (Tertiary) Supports within the context of supporting distressed individuals.
  3. Understanding our feelings play a role in the way we will choose to either react or else respond to an individual in distress.
  4. Understanding that the feelings and therefore reactions of others may be different to those we feel ourselves.
  5. Understanding that changes in perceived and witnessed behaviour are caused by many factors. Some of these factors are external to the person becoming distressed, others will be internal.
  6. Understanding that Stress will cause changes in behaviour as a person tries to cope.
  7. Understanding Stress is transactional.
  8. Understanding coping in terms of healthy or unhealthy rather than in terms of good and bad
  9. Understanding coping depends upon the development of a range of different strategies.
  10. To be able to describe the “Anatomy of an incident” in the context of an understanding of arousal.
  11. Understand the concept of a Low Arousal Approach.
  12. What we can do and consider changing in the environment, in the support offered and in our own presentation to a distressed individual that helps to reduce the arousal load due to avoidable demands and reduce the likelihood that a person will become distressed. Furthermore, recognizing that when a person has already become distressed we need to switch to a reactive set of plans that manage the crisis safely for all.
  13. Understand the socio-emotional cost of a crisis for all.
  14. Understand the relationship between Behaviour Change and Behaviour Management.
  15. Supporting self and others to better recovery and avoiding burnout and breakdown.
  16. To develop a knowledge of the PERMAH model of wellbeing.

Who is the One Day Course For

For Carers

For carers the Low Arousal Approach emphasizes collaboration and consistency across settings, which can help ensure that interventions are effective and sustainable over the long term. Overall, the Low Arousal Approach can help health professionals to promote positive outcomes and improve the quality of life for the individuals they serve.

For Professionals

The Low Arousal Approach is an evidence-based and collaborative tool that can be highly beneficial for health and education professionals who work with individuals/students with behavior of concern. By focusing on de-escalation and prevention, the approach can help reduce the risk of physical harm to both the individual and the staff.

For Families

The Low Arousal Approach is a valuable tool for families who have a member with behavior of concern. By using de-escalation techniques, the approach can help families to prevent the escalation of behavior of concern, thereby ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in the household.

Requirements for the One Day Course

Low Arousal Approach training, developed over 30 years ago in the UK, has been offered in Canada through Autism Awareness Centre Inc./Studio 3 Canada for 10 years. This training is for professionals, support workers, teachers and EAs, carers and family members.

What equipment do I need to take the online course?

You will need a computer or tech device with video and sound on as this course is participatory because the trainer will need to see and hear you. 

Do I have to attend the course live or can I watch a recording later?

You must attend this course live as there will be no recording of it available to watch at a later time. The course is participatory and happens in real time. 

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

You will receive a certificate provided you attended for the entire day, participated and did not have your camera turned off. Certificates are determined by the trainer. 

Are there course handouts?

Course handouts are sent once the course has been completed.

Contact Us

Low Arousal Approach training operates throughout North America as Studio III Canada Inc. and is licensed by Studio III UK.