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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.

Starting the Programme - Looking at Your Own Behaviour in Class
Starting the programme - Looking at your own behaviour in class

Dealing with attention seeking is tremendously challenging and it can be very painful to examine your own reactions in class. However, this is an important starting point.

One vital aspect of the programme concerns those periods when the pupil displays acceptable behaviour (these may be few and far between!). In the table below we can see how the teacher's time is so taken up dealing with the irritations that the short period of productive work is easily overlooked.

Activity - Observing Your Own Interactions with an Attention Seeking Child
  • Arrange for a trusted colleague to observe you in your class. If this is not possible, ...
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