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.
Attention Seeking - Some Cautions
While being aware that even quite bizarre behaviour could be part of an attention seeking pattern, we should also be alive to the possibility that it may not be. A particularly poignant example arose in a Channel 4 documentary “Tales of Battered Britain” (October 18 1996) when one woman who had been sexually abused throughout her childhood and had on many occasions cut and mutilated herself explained “It wasn't attention seeking or trying to commit suicide - it was a way of coping … [I cut] to let the tension out”.
Finally it is vital while using the idea of “attention seeking” as a key towards developing effective support, not to lose sight of the child and ...