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.
Conclusions from the Literature Survey
Published material provides support for harnessing attention seeking as a valid and useful concept in exploring children's behaviour difficulties. However, more work needs to be done in:
- distinguishing it from other conditions (see discussion in part I)
- clarifying its definition and incidence
- establishing predisposing, precipitating and maintaining factors at home and at school.
Evidence from family interviews suggests that a number of influences may act as predisposing factors. A child may have had an accident, illness or handicap or may have been born at a time of marital difficulty or may have been adopted, for instance. In these circumstances, some parents expect unusual behaviour, or want to “make up” for past hurts. They often then report that they ...