Manage stress NOT behaviours!

Stress is an ever present part of all of our lives. But, it is our coping strategies which make all of the difference. I work primarily with people with intellectual disabilities and  over the years I have become increasingly involved with people with autism.

In terms of so called challenging behaviours stress is ever present. Working from a stress management perspective changes our focus. The key approach is to focus on stress rather than behaviours. Reducing stress has huge behavioural benefits. In addition, focusing on the stress of carers also makes inherent sense. For my colleagues a natural extension of low arousal approaches (see www.studio3.org) is better stress management.

Remember, focussing on stress management can be a liberating experience!

Andrew  McDonnell