Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

On Low Arousal Approach
Talks and lectures
I lecture on managing challenging behavior based on the low arousal approach. The lectures contain both theory and practice, aiming to give the listeners both practical methods and a theoretical base on which to develop...
Besides lecturing I do consultancy work regarding behaviour management. It is often concerning persons in heavily staffed settings with self harming or violent behavior. My focus is the behavior of the staff and how it affects...
I have published a number of books on Low Arousal Approach and how we can use the approach in different areas. The books are translated into a number of languages. Elven, Bo Hejlskov & Tina...


My name is Bo Hejlskov Elvén. I am a clinical psychologist based in Scandinavia. I work with guidance and lecturing concerning managing challenging behavior.

My field is care and special education, mainly concerning children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD or intellectual disabilities. I also work in the psychiatric field and in juvenile correction facilities.

The basis of my methods is developmental neuropsychology, stress and affect theory. The methods are part of an increasing knowledge base in the tradition often named Low Arousal Approach.

The behaviours I work with are acting out such as slapping, kicking, biting and destroying and even self harm. Apart from that my methods are effective in dealing with threats, oppositional and obscene behaviour. The methods focus on changing staff and parent behaviour, not the behaviour of the service-user or child.

My book No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming was published in september 2010 in English and is now available in a number of other languages as well. Check them out at the Book page. In 2017 four of my books were published in English as well: Sulky, Rowdy, Rude?, a book on parenting, Disruptive, Stubborn, Out of Control?, a book inn challenging behaviour in schools,  Confused, Angry, Anxious?, a book on managing challenging behaviour in the care of the elderly, and Frightened, Disturbed, Dangerous?, a book on challenging behaviour in psychiatric care. Sulky, Rowdy, Rude? is published in a number of languages already. Please se if there is a translation into your language at the Book page.

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