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.



  • Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia
    ‘ABA Australia is a professional organisation that looks to support the development and advancement of the field of behaviour analysis in Australia’. The Events and Resources for the Public may be the most useful of the sections provided.
  • Ability Action Australia - Positive Behaviour Support
    ‘At Ability Action Australia, we understand that every behaviour serves a purpose. If you or a loved one has behaviour difficulties we can provide support to act in more appropriate ways’.
  • Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia
    ‘The Association aims to improve the access to and scope of PBIS [Positive Behaviour Interventions and Support] implementation across Australian schools. This is being achieved through a cooperative approach that promotes innovation, the sharing of information and resources across and between university and school sectors’.
  • Australian ADHD Organisations
    12 links grouped under states/territories. They covers from students to adults. There are also additional links to related bodies. These are part of the information available from the national body - ADHD Australia.
  • Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy [AACBT]
    ‘The lead Australian organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting the full range of behavioural and cognitive therapies’. Information about the association, events [including Conference information], Member Resources, Useful Links and more.
  • Australian BPD Foundation Limited
    ‘About BPD—>What is BPD and the Resources [with multiple sections]’ may prove the greatest value.
  • Australian Psychological Society
    Community information, Psychology Topics [including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anger, Bullying [and more], 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’.
  • Behaviour Works Australia
    Based at Monash University, the site has three major sections covering Research, Education & Training and Resources. Research section may prove of most interest.
  • Emerging Minds
    ‘Emerging Minds is committed to advancing the mental health of infants, children and adolescents’.
  • Growing Early Minds - Behaviour Support for Children
    ‘Behaviour support can help children and their families prevent or reduce behaviours of concern, which usually occur when a child’s needs are not being met by their environment, further impacting their quality of life. Our psychologists use evidence-based models that focus on a range of preventative strategies to assist with developing new skills, communicating effectively, managing emotions and so much more’.



  • 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 [ADDA]
    ‘Providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [AD/HD]’.
  • Autisable
    ‘Autisable is a community-based website that connects anyone who wants to discuss any topic associated with autism’.
  • Behavioural Issues in Children & Adolescents [CAMHS UK]
    ‘Behavioural issues in children and adolescents can often be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition’. 12 [boxed] links provide access to specific aspects of information and assistance.
  • Behaviour Support – Ministry of Education
    See what approach[es] our nearest neighbour uses in this area.
  • Betterhelp
    This opens to A List of Behavioural Disorders with details about each. Links to related articles.
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    ‘The nation’s leading non-profit organisation serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. One specific program, The National Resource Centre on ADHD [NRC], was established to be the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD’. Be sure to check the sections listed in the top menu.
  • Council for Children with Emotional & Behavioural Disorders
    ‘Promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioural disorders’.
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - Behavioural Disorders
    ‘There are several types of behavioural disorders. These disorders affect the way a child or youth acts or behaves. Some people think a child or youth with a behavioural disorder is “bad” and may even blame a parent for their child’s behaviour. But these disorders are real problems that affect many children and youth’. Sections include - How do I know ?; What mental health problems go along with Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders ?; What can be done ?; Where to from here ?; and Resources.

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Check other relevant state/territory links on the Special Education page.


  • Approved Specialist Schools and Centres
    The site provides links to all specialist schools and centres. A link is provided to find further information about enrolments. Check individual schools to find their specific offering. Northern Territory.
  • 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. NSW.
  • Berry Street
    ‘Berry Street’s innovative approach to education serves as the foundation for our own multi-campus school and has positively impacted teacher practice in mainstream and specialist schools across Australia and beyond’. Victoria.
  • Better Behaviour Centres
    ‘There are 2 groups of Better Behaviour Centres. The first is the 4 metropolitan primary centres. They provide 2 days a week in the program and 3 days back at school, with support given to schools during this time. Students are placed for around 3 and a half to 4 terms. The second group is the 2 regional secondary centres. Depending on student and school needs, they provide full-time and part-time programs for 2 terms. Students are not suspended or excluded from their home schools at the time of placement’. South Australia.
  • Denise Kable Campus
    ‘Students are recommended for this program by their current school or Behaviour Support Coach’. Queensland.
  • Education Support Centres and Schools - Department of Education
    ‘Some offer early intervention programs, specialist programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other programs for children with more specific needs. Education support centres are located alongside primary and secondary schools. Education support schools are separate primary and secondary schools that have on-site access to multi-disciplinary teams’. Western Australia.
  • Specialist Schools - ACT Education
    Individual schools are listed along with additional information, drawing area and a link to the school website. Australian Capital Territory.
  • Specialist Services - Department of Education
    Individual sections cover all support processes within schools. Tasmania.
  • Student Support Services
    Multiple sections cover a range of options. Parents can also find information via the Student Support Services - An Overview for parents and carers which is available to all. South Australia.
  • The Currajong School
    Respect • Responsibility • Resilience. The criteria for enrolment are social, emotional and behavioural disorders while the length of placement is three years [longer if required]’. Victoria.
  • 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 provide the rationale and process by which they work. NSW.

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A selection of the most prominent conditions are included in this section. You should also check the Special Education Resources page for additional information



  • 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. This has now become part of a larger presentation covering several aspects of ADHD and ways of dealing with its onset.
  • 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, publications, research and more.
  • Understanding ADHD - Information for parents [Emerging Minds]
    ‘This fact sheet provides information for parents all about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children’. There is also a wide range of other information about this condition.
  • 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 range 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]
    Multiple sections ranging from What is autism spectrum disorder [ASD] ? to Related information on Australian websites. The site also includes links to other sources of similar information.
  • Autism Spectrum Australia [Aspect] - Fact sheets
    16 Fact Sheets [at time of inclusion] covering a wide range of information and aspects. PDF format.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Better Health, Victoria. Fact sheets and much more.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet
    Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW. Compiled in 2010.
  • Autism : What is it ?
    Raising Children Network. ‘About autistic children and autism; What causes autism ?; Signs of autism; Autism diagnosis; Concerned about your child’s development : what to do; and Autism and neurodiversity’.
  • Help with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Disorders
    ‘This site provides help with over 350 fact sheets of autism-related information, with an emphasis on practical strategies, as many families cannot afford the more expensive interventions, or may be geographically isolated and cannot access autism support service’.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders [CDC]
    ‘People with ASD have behaviours or interests that can seem unusual. These behaviours or interests set ASD apart from conditions defined by problems with social communication and interaction only’. Links to related aspects of the condition.
  • The Australian Autism Handbook
    ‘The Complete Autism Handbook offers guidance, expert advice and above all support to parents raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. From the early signs and symptoms of ASD through to diagnosis, the intervention programs, medical theories and schooling, health professionals recommend The Complete Autism Handbook’. Download or read online for free.
  • The Complete Autism Handbook
    ‘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. A second link [see above] for the same book.
  • What is autism ?
    National Autism Society UK. Multiple sections, videos, More about Autism,. The last includes presentations on Asperger Syndrome, The Causes of Autism, The History of Autism and many more.


  • Bipolar Disorder - Fact Sheet - ABCT
    ‘In general, this disorder is characterised by recurring periods, called episodes, in which mood becomes elevated or down for weeks to months at a time. These debilitating shifts in mood are accompanied by changes in energy, activity levels, and thought patterns that can ultimately impair the ability to carry out day-to-day responsibilities [e.g., school, work, and home tasks]’.
  • Bipolar Disorder [Beyond Blue]
    ‘What causes bipolar disorder ?; Signs and Symptoms; Recognising different states; Treatment and support’.
  • Bipolar Disorder [Healthdirect Aust.]
    ‘What is bipolar disorder ?; What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder ?; What are the different types of bipolar disorder ?; What causes bipolar disorder?; How is bipolar disorder diagnosed ?; How is bipolar disorder treated ?; Can bipolar disorder be prevented ? What are the complications of bipolar disorder ?; Resources and support; and Related information on Australian websites’.
  • Bipolar Disorder - Symptoms and causes [Mayo Clinic]
    ‘Symptoms, Mania and Hypomania, Major depressive episodes, Other features of Bipolar Disorder, Symptoms in children and teens, When to see a doctor and When to get Emergency Help’.
  • NIMH - Bipolar Disorder
    NIMH. What is Bipolar Disorder ?, Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Who Is At Risk ?, Diagnosis, Treatments, Living With, more.
  • Bipolar Disorder [Sane Aust.]
    What it is, symptoms, causes, how many sufferers, finding out more. The page provides access to a Factsheet, Guide and a Forum Insight.
  • What is bipolar disorder ? [ReachOut Aust.]
    ‘What is Bipolar Disorder ?; What are the signs and symptoms ?; What causes Bipolar Disorder ?; What are the different types of bipolar disorder ?; What to do if this sounds like you ?; and What can I do now ?’.


  • Conduct Disorder
    Better Health, Victoria. Characteristics, influence of the family, other factors, diagnosis, treatment, where to get help, more.
  • Conduct Disorder [Healthline]
    ‘Types, Symptoms, Causes, Risk factors, Diagnosis, Treatments’.
  • Conduct Disorder [Psychology Today]
    Definition, symptoms, causes, treatments.
  • Conduct Disorder Information Sheet
    Psychnet.UK. ‘A pattern of repetitive behaviour where the rights of others or the social norms are violated and in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by the presence of three [or more] of the following criteria in the past 12 months, with at least one criterion present in the past 6 months’. List and details provided.
  • Conduct Disorder Resource Centre
    Introduction, about, clinical resources, Facts for Families, FAQs, getting help, research.
  • Quick Guide to Conduct Disorder
    ‘In this guide you’ll find the signs and symptoms of conduct disorder, how it’ s diagnosed and options for treatment’.
  • What is Conduct Disorder ? [Johns Hopkins Medicine]
    ‘What is conduct disorder in children ?; What causes conduct disorder in a child ?; Which children are at risk for conduct disorder ?; What are the symptoms of conduct disorder in a child ?; How is conduct disorder diagnosed in a child ?; How is conduct disorder treated in a child ?; How can I help prevent conduct disorder in my child ?; How can I help my child live with conduct disorder ?; and more’.


  • Childhood Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder [DMDD] [aifc]
    ‘Previously known as Childhood Bipolar Disorder, DMDD is seen as a persistent, chronic and severe irritability. The child seems to be in a persistent angry or irritable mood showing frequent temper tantrums and outbursts of anger’. Diagnosing Symptoms lists the most common symptoms associated with disorder.
  • NIMH - Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
    ‘DMDD is a childhood condition of extreme irritability, anger and frequent, intense temper outbursts. DMDD symptoms go beyond being a “moody” child—children with DMDD experience severe impairment that requires clinical attention’.



  • Living with Oppositional Defiance Disorder [Kids Helpline]
    ‘Let’s look at what Oppositional Defiant Disorder is, and some strategies that can help to manage it’.
  • ODD : A Guide for Families
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The menu on the left of the screen provides links to a wide range of content related to this disorder.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    Better Health, Victoria. ‘Characteristics of ODD, Link to conduct disorder, Family life and ODD, Diagnosis of ODD, Treatment of ODD, Where to get help’ and more.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder [Children 5-12 Years]
    ‘What is oppositional defiant disorder [ODD] ?; Diagnosing oppositional defiant disorder [ODD]; Behaviour management plans for oppositional defiant disorder [ODD]; Working on oppositional defiant disorder [ODD] at home; Working with your child’s school on oppositional defiant disorder [ODD]; Looking after yourself when your child has oppositional defiant disorder [ODD]; Risk factors for oppositional defiant disorder [ODD]’.
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder [ODD]
    Kid Sense Child Development. ‘What is Oppositional Defiance Disorder ?; What are the common features of Oppositional Defiance Disorder ?; Why should I seek therapy for my child with Oppositional Defiance Disorder ?; What does the diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder really mean for the child ?; Other useful resources; more’.
  • Tips for Managing Oppositional Defiant Disorder [ODD]
    Educare. ‘Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood behavioural condition characterised by hostility, obstinacy, and defiance toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures. Approximately one in ten children below the age of twelve years are believed to have ODD and boys outnumber girls by two to one’. Several sections. They also provide a link to an ADDitude page titled How to Discipline a Child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
  • Try These Top 10 Behaviour Strategies for Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    ‘As a behaviour specialist and school psychologist, I have had many parents and teachers ask for behaviour strategies to help a child with oppositional defiant disorder or behavioural challenges. FYI : These tips are effective for all kids, not just those diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder’. You get not only the 10 strategies but additional information as well including Research links, a Video presentation, Recommended articles from other sources and a Free Resource titled Education and Behaviour.

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  • Behaviour & Discipline
    ‘Learn about the basic discipline philosophies, and find out which is best for your child’. More than 170 links to resources are provided.
  • Behaviour Disorders
    Information includes education and medication. Use the Categories filter on the right side of the page to specify your particular interest[s].
  • Behavioural Disorders in Children
    Better Health, Victoria. Good introduction with a summary and further specifics looking at both behavioural disorders and further information.
  • Child Behaviour Disorders [MedlinePlus]
    Sections on Basics, Learn More, See, Play and Learn, Research, Resources and For You [Parent Handouts], Start Here, Diagnosis and Test, Treatments and Therapies, Related Issues, Specifics, Clinical Trials and Journal Articles are available.
  • Emotional Disturbance [Fact Sheet]
    Their ‘Quick Jump Menu offers : Definition, Characteristics, Causes, Frequency, Help for School-Aged Children, More about School, The Importance of Support, Resources of More Information and References’. There is also a wealth of links to other sources of information and resources. PDF Version is also 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’.


  • 30 Ideas for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Leah Davies, M.Ed.. ‘The following list may assist teachers who work with ADHD students. For an overview of this disorder see, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children’.
    ‘Hundreds of classroom interventions to help elementary school, and high school students with ADD or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’. You can also get a PDF booklet with 101 Classroom Interventions for a small fee.
  • Behaviour Management Tools
    TES Australia. 1 000+ listed resources, some free others not. You can refine your search using the filters on the left.
  • 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 ’.
  • Inclusive Teaching : Supporting Students [ADCET]
    ‘It is important that expectations regarding student behaviour, rights and responsibilities are clearly established from the outset’. This presentation from ADCET starts at this point and provides you with a range of options to overcome any problems. Not only do they provide specific assistance, they also provide links to a range of other sources of assistance in this area.
  • National Safe Schools Framework : WellbeingResources
    ‘Explore teaching resources designed to assist with wellbeing education in the classroom. Find free, quality-assured, age-appropriate and curriculum-aligned teaching resources in a variety of formats to help you create and maintain a safe, inclusive and positive learning environment’.
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning
    Multi-page listing of resources grouped under 4 sections plus a Teacher Information section.
  • Student Discipline & Behaviour Management Help and Advice Centre
    Two lists covering Behaviour Strategies and Case Studies. All are PDF files.
  • Teaching Strategies
    RMIT. ‘Access here to find out some more about some of the following strategies’. Classroom Management, Feedback, Groupwork and Collaborative Learning, Questioning, and Reflection. Some in PDF format, many have direct links to specific resources from educational bodies.
  • 10 Potent Behaviour Management Strategies
    ‘Here are the top ten research-based behaviour management strategies in reverse order according to their impact. These have been updated for the start of 2020’.


  • Applied Behaviour Analysis [ABA]
    ‘Applied Behaviour Analysis is a strategy for teaching children with special needs. Learn how ABA works and how to apply it in the classroom or at home’.
  • Behaviour Contracts to Support Good Behaviour
    Overview, suggestions, further reading, related articles, information on positive consequences. A related link provides access to a collection of Behaviour Contract Incident Reports and Worksheets. These are available in both MS Word and PDF formats.
  • Behaviour Intervention/Mental Illness Instructional Support Planning [PDF]
    A fully-developed document simply needing an individual’s details and specific needs. While Canadian, it could be applicable in most educational settings or, as a basis for a newly developed procedure.
  • Behaviour Versus Classroom Management
    ‘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. Classroom management means creating systems that support the kind of positive behaviour across a classroom. Behaviour management is made of strategies and systems that will manage and eliminate difficult behaviours that prevent students from succeeding in an academic environment’.
  • Inclusion Strategies
    ‘Find ways to create an inclusive environment with interactive and multisensorial lesson plans’. 4 Sections.

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State and federal and both agencies and government-related groups.

  • Behavioural interventions [NDIS]
    ‘This is a brief overview of information about behavioural interventions, taken from the Autism CRC report’. Presented as a series of questions with relevant responses/clarifications.
  • What is behaviour ? - Principles for effective support
    ‘Behaviour is how someone acts. It is what a person does to make something happen, to make something change or to keep things the same. Behaviour is a response to things that are happening : internally - thoughts and feelings; externally - the environment, including other people. Observing behaviour is the easy part. It is understanding why someone does what they do that is much more complicated’. From this page you can access links to two other resources and work within the three sections listed under Understanding Behaviour.


  • IRIS
    ‘Provides resources and tutorials on a wide variety of teaching methods and curriculum, including behaviour and classroom management’. Select from their Featured resources or use the Resource Locator to find a specific resource that you can use or check what is available in their Professional Development section.
  • Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports [PBIS]
    Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. ‘Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports is an evidence-based, tiered framework for supporting students’ behavioural, academic, social, emotional and mental health. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS improves social emotional competence, academic success and school climate. It also improves teacher health and wellbeing’. Check the content of their Topics listing and their Publications listing which is extensive. You can also download Presentations a and watch their videos. Well worth visiting.


For all other educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

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1. Behavioural and Emotional Disorders in Special Education. ThoughtCo : For Educators, Updated on July 03, 2019. Web. September 2022.

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