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.
Chapter 2: Common Childhood Behavioural Disorders
Common Childhood Behavioural Disorders
Definitions and Disorders
Being clear about what is meant when a pupil is said to have SEBD is a challenge in itself. What may be seen as a behaviour problem in one school is not necessarily in another. Behaviour that one class teacher will not accept can be happily tolerated by a colleague in the room next door.
A dictionary definition of disorder is to ‘disarrange, throw into confusion; put out of health, upset’ (The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1956). Medically it indicates a group of symptoms, signs and pathological findings that are deviant from some standard of normality. With regard to children's behaviour, disorders are behaviours that adults in legally recognised authority do not like children to have and that ...