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Behaviour Disorders are conditions that are more than just disruptive behaviour. They are related to mental health problems that lead to disruptive behaviour and emotional and social problems. Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] is an example of a behaviour disorder. Children with behaviour disorders typically need a variety of professional interventions including medication, psychological treatment, rehabilitation, or possibly other treatments. 1
Even taking these factors into account, inclusion is a preferred educational option wherever this is possible and every effort is normally made to achieve this. Where this is not possible, special classes or special schools involving curriculum and staffing modification are used.
The Special Education Resources page provides further options from Australia and overseas.
This page looks at associations, selected educational sites, children’s sites, parent sites, government bodies, conditions, strategies, software, magazines, journals, resources, technology and other information.
- Australian ADHD Organisations
- Australian Psychological Society
Community information, Psychology Topics [including ADHD], publications, find a psychologist, more.
- Autism Spectrum Australia [Aspect]
‘Autism Spectrum Australia is Australia’s largest service provider for people on the autism spectrum. Our specialised, evidence informed schools program is the largest in the world’.
- Emerging Minds
‘Emerging Minds is committed to advancing the mental health of infants, children and adolescents’.
- ADDults with ADHD [NSW]
‘Addressing the needs of adults with ADHD and other related conditions, and their families’.
- ADHDWA [WA]
- Canberra & Queanbeyan ADD Support Group
- Ed-u-cate [Vic.]
Includes material on Support Groups for ADHD, LD & Spectrum Disorders, Teaching Links and AD//HD.
- Association for Positive Behaviour Support
‘Promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behaviour analysis and biomedical science with person-centred values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviour’.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association [USA]
‘Providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [AD/HD]’.
‘Autisable is a community-based website that connects anyone who wants to discuss any topic associated with autism’.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
‘The nation’s leading non-profit organisation serving individuals with AD/HD and their families’. USA.
- Council for Children with Behavioural Disorders
US. ‘Promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioural disorders’.
Check other relevant state/territory links on the main Special Education page.
- Specialist Schools and Education Centres [ACT]
Special schools, centres, contact details, other information.
- Behaviour Management [SA]
Policies, guidelines, Support [including Behavioural Intervention Service], Bullying.
- Behaviour Management and Strategy [South Australia]
Information for families and students, including links to Learning and Better Behaviour Centre information.
- Behaviour Management Policies [WA]
- Behaviour & Wellbeing
Links to information and centres for Primary and Secondary levels. Access a a Primary Behaviour Centre Information Brochure and a Secondary Behaviour Centre Information Brochure [MS Publisher format].
- Behaviour, Supporting Student
Information, resources. Also check the Positive Behaviour for Learning page which ‘is a whole-school approach to creating a safe and supportive environment that has a strong evidence-base and is used in many Queensland state schools’.
- Manage Student Behaviour
Covers Student Support Groups, Individual Education Plans, Behaviour Support Plans and Attendance Improvement Plan and Return to School Plan. Victoria.
- Specialist Support Classes in
Regular Schools [NSW]
‘Specialist support classes cater for students with moderate to high learning and support needs including students with behaviour disorders’. Covers a range of information including links to Specialist Schools and Itinerant Support Teacher information.
- St Joseph’s, Alice Springs
Flexible Learning Centre
‘An initiative of Edmund Rice Education Australia Youth+ and operates within the Diocese of the Northern Territory Catholic Education Office’.
Student Behaviour [NSW]
Provides access to Policies, information on Support for student behaviour and resources such as the Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative.
- Student Support
Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia. Includes Behaviour and Behaviour Coaches.
- Student Support Services
‘Student Support Services assist children and young people faced with learning barriers to achieve their educational and developmental potential. They provide strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels’.
Selected Schools, Teaching Centres & Specialist Services
- Arndell School
One of multiple schools in the NSW Department of Education and Training. Others include Casuarina School, Coffs Harbour Learning Centre and Highlands School.
- Berry Street
‘Too many of the young people with whom we work are either excluded from, or have dropped out of, school’. Victoria.
- Better Behaviour Centres [SA]. Need to scroll down the page.
- Denise Kable Campus
‘Students are recommended for this program by their current school or Behaviour Support Coach’.
- The Currajong School
‘The criteria for enrolment are social, emotional and behavioural disorders, and the length of placement is three years [longer if required]’.
- The John Berne School
Run by Marist Brothers for children with emotional, social and behavioural problems who may not otherwise complete schooling. Pastoral Care and Behaviour Management provides the rationale and process by which they work. NSW.
Attention Deficit Disorder
- 10 Best ADHD Videos of 2015
‘Check out these videos about ADHD to get an in-depth overview of the disorder and learn ways you can get help’.
US National Institute of Mental Health. Use options for types of publications at the top of the page.
- ADHD - A
Guide for Families
Guidebook in multiple sections. Access to a video.
- ADHD : An Overview
Smart Kids. Part of a section on this disorder, which includes Evaluating Your Child for ADHD and ADHD : The Non-Hyperactive Child.
- ADHD Fact Sheet
From the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- ADHD Information Sheets
‘Dedicated to providing additional resources for your information’. Multiple Information Sheets, resources, YouTube channel, more.
‘The latest ADHD News articles published daily. Includes news on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder’.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
[Raising Children Network]
What it is, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, factors affecting, everyday life, ADHD and teenagers, links.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Explained
Better Health, Victoria Fact sheet. Links to related fact sheets.
- Exercise Is ADHD Medication
An interesting article from The Atlantic [USA]. Makes for interesting reading.
- ADD/ADHD Medications
: Are ADHD Drugs Right for You or Your Child ?
What you need to know, stimulant medications, safety concerns, non-stimulant medications, other options, medication and your child, more.
- ADHD - Stimulant Medication
RCH, Melbourne. Treatment, how do stimulants work, what types are available, side effects, key points to remember, more.
ADHD - Therapies
Better Health, Victoria. Medication, side effects, non-medication therapies, diet and ADHD, where to get help, things to remember, more.
- ADHD Treatments
Extensive listing of topics covering medications and related ADHD factors.
Definition, Signs and Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatment and Therapies.
- Open Forest
Offers resources facilitating knowledge and self help of problems around ADHD. They range from research to strategies, checklists and more.
- Unlocking the Potential of Gifted Kids with ADHD
‘Teaching and parenting these twice-exceptional [and easily bored] students takes persistence and creativity, but the hard work is more than worthwhile when their gifts are unlocked’. Interesting article with a number of embedded links.
- Autism Awareness Australia
‘Our goal is simple : to improve the lives of all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them. We empower parents and carers with quality information and resources’.
- Autism [HealthDirect]
Links to multiple articles on various aspects of Autism from an overview, to diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and more. There are also related articles on Asperger’s syndrome and health and wellbeing apps.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Better Health, Victoria. Fact sheets.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact
Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- Helping Children with Autism
Raising Children Network. Learning about Autism, therapies, Teens and ASD, School and social life, videos, stories, more.
- Help with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Disorders
Extensive number of ‘Fact sheets to help parents’ including featured articles.
- The Australian Autism Handbook
‘The essential resource guide for autism spectrum disorders’. Download or read online for free. Requires setting up a free account.
- The Complete Autism
‘The essential resource guide for autism spectrum disorder in Australia and New Zealand. The Complete Autism Handbook offers guidance, expert advice and above all support to parents raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder’. Available in a number of formats. Order online.
- Bipolar Disorder [Healthdirect
Overview, Living With, Facts & Figures, more.
- NIMH - Bipolar
NIMH. What is Bipolar Disorder ?, Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Who Is At Risk ?, Diagnosis, Treatments, Living With, more.
- Bipolar Disorder
What it is, symptoms, causes, how many sufferers, finding out more.
Better Health, Victoria. Characteristics, influence of the family, other factors, diagnosis, treatment, where to get help, more.
- Conduct Disorder [Psychology
Definition, symptoms, causes, treatments.
- Conduct Disorder Basics
‘In this guide you’ ll find the signs and symptoms of conduct disorder, how it’ s diagnosed and options for treatment ’.
- Conduct Disorder Resource Centre
Introduction, about, clinical resources, Facts for Families, FAQs, getting help, research.
- Conduct Disorder Information
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
ODD : A Guide for Families
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Better Health, Victoria. Characteristics, diagnosis, treatment, family life and ODD, where to get help, more.
- Oppositional Defiant
Disorder [Children 5-12 Years]
‘Oppositional defiant disorder is more than just ‘bad’ behaviour. It’s when a child’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour are out of balance, and the child just can’t cooperate. A child with ODD needs a professional diagnosis and management plan’.
- Behaviour & Discipline
‘Learn about the basic discipline philosophies, and find out which is best for your child’.
- Behaviour Disorders
Information includes education and medication.
Behavioural Disorders in Children
Better Health, Victoria. Good introduction.
- Child Behaviour Disorders [MedlinePlus]
Basics, specific conditions, related issues, research, reference shelf, for children, for teenagers, handouts.
- Emotional Disturbance Fact Sheet
Definition, characteristics, educational implications, resources and organisations, links. A PDF Version is available.
Programs for Parents and Carers
‘At Berne, staff regularly engage and collaborate with parents and carers about their child’s educational needs. Parents and carers are supported to best assist their child educationally, socially, emotionally and behaviourally’.
Resources for Professionals
‘Hundreds of classroom interventions to help elementary school, and high school students with ADD or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’. Canada.
- Behaviour Management
TES Australia. ‘Useful hints and tips and and easy to use Individual Behaviour Plan/monitoring chart’. Multiple documents [MS Word].
- Behaviour Resource Bank
Special Education Support Service. ‘Advice Sheets which present some of the many strategies that may assist schools to meet the needs of pupils who display challenging behaviour related to special educational needs ’. Ireland.
- Classroom Strategies For Students with Attention
‘Reworded from Strategies by Dr. Rick Jarman [Royal Children’s Hospital, Melb.] by Judie Gade’.
- National Safe Schools Framework : Resources
Almost 400 resources are available through this site. Works on two major focus areas.
- Student Discipline & Behaviour Management Help
and Advice Centre
Behaviour Strategies and Case Studies. Note the acknowledgement requirement.
- Teaching Strategies
RMIT. Strategies, classroom management, reflection, student feedback, more. PDFs, sites with videos.
- Top 10 Behaviour
‘Here are the top ten research-based strategies in order of their impact’.
- Whole School Behaviour and Classroom
Management Resources - TES
Select topic from options. ‘2 719 Free teaching resources : lesson plans, worksheets, teaching ideas and more’.
Tools, Techniques & Strategies
Awareness of Students With Diverse Learning Needs
‘This resource contains information intended to assist classroom teachers in understanding the implications for classroom instruction and management of a number of diverse learning needs’. While Canadian, it should be applicable in most educational settings.
- Behaviour Contracts to
Support Good Behaviour
Overview, suggestions, further reading, related articles, information on positive consequences. A related link provides Behaviour Contract Printables. MS Word and PDF formats.
- Behaviour Management v.
‘We sometimes make the mistake of interchanging the terms “behaviour management” and “classroom management”. The two terms are related, one might even say intertwined, but they are different’.
‘Find ways to create an inclusive environment with interactive and multisensorial lesson plans’.
- A Formative Study
on Teacher Practice for Students with Emotional-Behaviour Problems
Amy Handy, Wendi Beamish & Fiona Bryer. ‘The aim of this study was to document actual teacher practice for young students with EBP’.
‘Provides resources and tutorials on a wide variety of teaching methods and curriculum, including behaviour and classroom management’.Select the topic from the menu on the right. 89 inclusions at time of addition to this site. USA.
- Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports
Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. ‘To give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices’. Their Publications listing is extensive.
Government Agencies & Bodies
State and federal and both agencies and government-related groups.
- Emotions & Behaviour
‘Topics on issues relating to the emotional health of children and young people, and common behaviour problems’. Child and Youth Health, South Australia.
- Ngala Parenting Line
‘Free Telephone Service providing information and advice for people caring for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age’.
Magazines & Journals
For all other educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
1. Behavioural and Emotional Disorders in Special Education. ThoughtCo : For Educators, 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 5 August 2017. https://www.thoughtco.com/behavioral-and-emotional-disorders-3110677.