Low Arousal Timeline
1987 – Andrew McDonnell runs the first pilot training course (2 days duration) in Birmingham UK for the Low Arousal approach
1988-1992 – A series of pilot training courses are run throughout the UK in childcare, adults with disabilities, autism services
1990 – First series of practitioner articles published by the British Institute of Disabilities.
1992 – Studio 3 is formed as a company
1994 – First article appears which specifically uses the term ‘Low Arousal’
1998 – First published case study of the Low Arousal approach
2002 – The Low Arousal approach formulated from a cognitive behavioural perspective
2004 – Bo Heilskov-Elvén translates some of Professor McDonnell’s work into Danish and then Swedish.
– Studio 3 training in crisis management is now used in services widely across the UK and the Republic of Ireland
2006 – First full programme on the Studio 3 Low Arousal Approach takes place in Denmark
2010 – Andrew McDonnell’s book 'Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings: Understanding and Applying Low Arousal Approaches' focuses on the Low Arousal approach with an enhanced emphasis on reflective practice in crisis management and trauma-informed behaviour management
– Bo Heilskov-Elvén publishes (in English) ‘No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming’. This book focuses strongly on the concept of emotional contagion.
– Linda Woodcock and Andrea Page publish a practitioner book called ‘Managing Family Meltdown’. This strongly focuses on supporting parents using the Low Arousal approach.