Managing emotionally disturbed pupils

If a child is in a potentially disturbing situation, try to remove him/her from it. E.g. If he/she is being confronted by another child in the class, divert his/her attention by asking him/her to fetch someone for you.Make sure all staff that are likely to be in contact with the pupil are aware of the …
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Managing behaviourally challenged pupils

All children will challenge rules and authority at times often just to test the boundaries, and althought they break the rules and say they hate them, children need rules to make them feel secure. To teach young children how to behave you can try to make it like a game; for example when you want …
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Teaching pupils with ADHD

Here are some basic strategies which have been proven to help pupils with ADHD in the classroom.  Remember: don’t panic!  Many children with ADHD will show great enthusiasm and energy for learning at times too. Try to seat pupils close to teacher and away from windows or doors or other obvious sources of distraction Try …
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Use and abuse of ritalin

There is growing concern over the increasing use of Ritalin which is matched with the spiralling numbers of children diagnosed with ADHD. Ritalin is a Class 2 amphetamime and has a similar effect to cocaine. There are concerning reports that the tablets are now being traded in school playgrounds etc. As well as having the …
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Emotionally Disturbed/Behavioural Problems

The behaviour of children with problems of this kind is likely to vary from situation to situation and from day to day.  One day the child may seem quiet and withdraw and refuse to engage in conversation, answering only with a grunt.  Other days they can seem friendly and sociable.  They may seem unable to …
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Behaviourally Challenged Pupils

Children may fall into this category for all sorts of reasons.  They are likely to have some or many other difficulties which cause frustration and lead to undesirable behaviour.  They may have difficulties socialisation with other people; they may find it hard to accept authority; they may be looking for attention or they may be …
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ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Is a developmental disorder Is often hereditary Affects children at all stages of education. Estimates suggest it could be as common as 3-6% of the school population The Hyperactive-Impulsive type is more common in boys Can be co-morbid with other disorders What to look out for: It should be noted …
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Case Study: ADHD

Andrew is thirteen and is in year 9 in high school. He has been diagnosed as having ADHD and has been taking Ritalin for the last eight months. He is in your form class but you also teach him four times a week.  You have just begun the new academic year. In class you quickly notice …
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