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Rob Long’s Intervention Toolbox is written for education practitioners who support young people with problem behaviours that act as barriers to their successful engagement with school. Taking a multi-dimensional approach, the Toolbox provides solutions to deal with the multi-faceted nature of challenging behaviour. There are 6 compartments to the Toolbox: Physiological; Feelings; Behaviour; Cognitive; Social; Happiness. For each compartment there are a number of tools (interventions) that may be used depending on the age and level of understanding of the young person. As all problem behaviours have many component parts, the Toolbox enables practitioners to employ several interventions to comprehensively tackle challenging behaviours. There are specific sections on both Asperger’s Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders with In Class Behaviour Plans for these learners, as well as an accompanying CD Rom including resources for putting strategies into practice. The CD Rom also provides PowerPoint slides for training staff in using the Toolbox. As an experienced professional, teacher and educational psychologist, Rob Long’s strategies combine innovation with sound psychology and learning theories.


The difficulties that a significant number of children and young people display in schools is well documented. Palmer (2006) reports that over the past 30 years behavioural problems in young people have doubled and emotional problems have increased by some 70 per cent. The increases are seen to reflect the many changes that have taken place in our society. Changes in society are identified as significant in the increase in stressors on young people and an increase in the likelihood of disorders. Rutter and Smith (1995) found such factors as secularisation of society the changing pattern of the family and the increased role of the mass media as each contributing towards an understanding of why we are witnessing more psychosocial disorders in young people.

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