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 PracticeThis 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 attachmentIdeas for managing parent meetings in schoolWritten 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.
Introduction - The Child and the Family
The basic principle behind the development of many common behaviour problems is that children work for attention from others …whether it is positive …or negative.
Attention seeking children make some of the greatest demands teachers have to face in class. Montgomery (1989) reports this to be the highest priority of all behaviour problems identified by teachers on in-service courses (p.8). Ashman and Elkins (1990), Balson (1982), Grimshaw and Berridge (1994) and Peagam (1994) also emphasise its high incidence. The description is regularly used in conversation in schools but written material is scattered about in the literature, with sometimes only fleeting mention and different terminology (“attention getting” McManus 1993; “delinquent or ...