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Low Arousal Approach

The low arousal approach is a multi-component intervention which uses a variety of techniques to deal with challenging behaviours.

The low arousal approach is based on the idea that an individual's internal physiological state of arousal influences how they deal with sensory input from the environment and how they behave in reaction to that sensory input.

The low arousal approach is designed to reduce stressors through the  use of techniques including:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Sensory environments
  • Physical exercise
  • Reinforcement-based methods
  • Physical interventions

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