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Attention Seeking

Attention Seeking
A Complete Guide for Teachers

Second Edition

February 2008 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Praise for First Edition:
"Actually makes enjoyable bedtime reading, since Mellor's style is easy and interesting. Case studies bring the book alive."
Special Children

"Good sound advice for those involved in teacher training."
Educational Psychology in Practice

This updated edition of Nigel Mellor's bestselling Attention Seeking: A Practical Solution in the Classroom focuses on solving the challenges raised by attention-seeking behavior, both in regular classrooms and in pre-school settings.

Drawing on more than 20 years' experience working with teachers and parents, the author's approach is down to earth, encouraging, and challenging. Useful both as a reference and a practical guide, the second edition offers a new easy-to-follow layout, with chapters containing practical techniques, new case study materials, and updated references. Other new features include:

  • A 10 step program of clear strategies
  • Guidelines for using stories
  • Discussion of problems with time-out
  • Current information on ADHD, chaos, autism, language problems, and attachment
  • Ideas for managing parent meetings in school

Written for staff in nurseries and schools (mainstream and special), and for lecturers and researchers in departments of education, this resource is ideal for anyone wanting to understand more about attention seeking and how to help the young people who exhibit this behavior.

Part I: Practical Steps
Introduction to attention seeking
Starting a programme
Guidelines for developing a programme - initial stages
The intervention: rewards/positive consequences
The intervention: planned ignoring
The intervention: sanctions/negative consequences
Follow up and trouble-shooting
Part II: Case material
Case studies and case fragments
Part III: The context
Introduction to the academic context plus published and other case study material
Theoretical background - initial survey
Recent developments in theory and practice
Stories to use with children
Managing meetings with parents - prevention is better than cure
Resources to meet a wide range of special needs
Social stories - a brief case study

'This outstanding book will be essential reading for any teacher grappling with attention seeking behaviour, for SENCOs, student teachers, pre-school practitioners, teaching assistants, those working in special school units, or for anyone seeking to provide practitioners with insight and appropriate practical advice' - Special Children

Praise for first edition:

'A pioneering book...from a wealth of practical experience'-Herald and Post

'Help is now at hand... for the teachers... driven to teachers a way of gaining control'-Times Educational Supplement

'...even makes enjoyable bedtime reading, since Mellor's style is easy and interesting... case studies... bring the book alive.' - Special Children

'Good sound advice... for those involved in teacher training.'- Educational Psychology in Practice

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

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