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.
Things can get worse before they get better!
Any intervention such as this, which aims to prevent children gaining attention in ways which have become a habit, runs a risk. In the early stages, the child may notice first a reduction in attention given.
Although a key element in the strategy is praise, as adults we often find it difficult to make quite the impact when praising acceptable behaviour that we make when reprimanding. In addition, as another key element is ignoring, the child may feel overall that less attention is available. He or she is thus likely to misbehave even more to regain this lost attention, a tactic which has worked in the past.
Patience in persisting with the programme will, however, pay off eventually. So, ...