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 - A round up
Norman, Michael, Barry and Debbie all demand a great deal of attention. The best guide to identifying such cases is simply your own feelings of irritation or annoyance. Balson (1982) explores other emotions teachers may commonly experience such as feeling challenged, hurt or helpless. These, he argues, characterise reactions to pupils seeking not attention but power, revenge or withdrawal respectively.
The children can themselves be quite insightful about the situation. Here is Lucy Nugent age 13 in high school discussing herself and her younger siblings in a step-family:
I get the most money, Mark and Ben get the most attention. Mum is always helping them. Ben is his [step father's] son, he gets more attention than ...