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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 - The Teacher's Stress
Attention seeking - The teacher's stress

If you can identify similar problems then you most likely have had to deal with an attention seeking pupil. Children behaving in this manner, who require a great deal of attention, can cause their teachers great heartache, as Debbie's teacher recounts below:

Debbie Dawson, age 10, discussed in school with Ros Simpson (class teacher and special needs co-ordinator in Middle School).

Ros said, “She's a pain. She breathes for me. She's hanging onto my clothes, like a constant shadow.” Ros then went on to say, “It's just attention seeking, pathetic really”. However, she noted, “Your patience wears thin.” She said that when giving instructions Debbie always asks questions and as soon as Ros has finished talking ...

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