Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


From time to time, most children will have trouble sitting still, paying attention, or controlling their impulses – as part of normal development. Whilst most children gradually grow out of such behaviours, individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do not. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5) [American Psychiatric Publishing (APA), 2013], describes ADHD as a type of neurodevelopmental disorder, resulting in inattention, disorganisation and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. 

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This book will provide you with a roadmap developed from the evidenced based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) to help you guide the student with ADHD to reach their full potential. Practical strategies on how to design the environment, activity and instructions to facilitate positive changes will be provided. Use the comprehensive checklists and tools provided to develop PBS plans that can be used to support the student consistently in all settings. This invaluable resource is useful for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, support staff, and mental health, allied health and supervisory professionals who support students with ADHD. 

Dolly Bhargava, is a Speech Pathologist and she has also completed a master’s degree in special education. She works with children, adolescents and adults with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a variety of settings such as schools, accommodation, post school options, supported employment and prisons. Many of the individuals she supports have experienced abuse, neglect, family disharmony, repeated bullying, suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. She has seen first-hand how hard it can be for parents, teachers, support workers and other professionals to deal with the challenges of supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

Dolly became convinced that the key to empowering and enabling this support depended on an expert blend of information, skills and responses; a kind of toolbox that would empower people with the knowledge, ideas and resources to support the individual positively. Through her consultancy, resources, face to face and online training services she helps provide people with the roadmap to guide the individual learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions. 


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