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Behaviour Disorders

Behaviour Disorders are conditions that are more than just disruptive behaviour. They are related to mental health problems that lead to disruptive behaviour, 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

As indicated on the Special Education home page, 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.

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.

The Special Education Resources page provides further options from Australia and overseas.


Australian Sites

State Bodies

International Sites

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Education Sites

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

Selected Schools, Teaching Centres & Specialist Services

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Attention Deficit Disorder


  • ADHD and Medications
    ‘To medicate or not ? What’s the answer ? Take a look at what our experts and parents have to say about medications and attention deficit disorders’.
    Well presented
  • ADHD Medication
    US article that looks at ‘Talking to Children with ADHD about Their Medication’. Part of a larger ADHD resources site.
  • Are Meds Right for You or Your Child ?
    US site that looks at alternatives. Links to other articles.
    Well presented !
  • NSW Dept. of Health Statistics ADHD
    A report titled “Trends in the prescribing of stimulant medication for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adolescents in NSW”. Contains some of the most recent data available. Findings would be applicable in other areas.

Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar Mood Disorders : The Facts
    ‘The PDF brochure provides clear, easy to understand information. Please note these fact sheets are graphically rich and take some time to download’.
  • Pendulum Resources
    Bipolar information, articles, writing, related disorders, medication information, other links, even humour.

Conduct Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Children’s Sites

Sites for children of all ages.

Parental Involvement, Information & Support


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Resources for Professionals

    ‘Hundreds of classroom interventions to help elementary school, and high school students with ADD or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’.
  • Child Development Network
    ‘Private medical and allied health professionals working to help children [and their families] who have difficulties with development and behaviour [skills, learning, behaviour, emotions, self-control]. The network enables collaboration between professionals in order to provide excellence in assessment, treatment and continuing management’. Linked with Mater Hospital, Brisbane.
  • School Therapy for ADD
    ‘This e-book helps teachers accommodate the ADD child’.
  • Student Discipline & Behaviour Management Help and Advice Centre
    Comprises Behaviour Strategies and Case Studies. Note the acknowledgement proviso requirement.
  • Teaching Strategies
    A compilation done at RMIT. Includes strategies, classroom management, reflection, student feedback and more. Includes PDFs, sites with videos.
  • Whole School Behaviour Teaching Resources - TES
    ‘2 293 Free teaching resources: lesson plans, worksheets, teaching ideas and much more’.
  • Wrap Around Kids™
    ‘Award-winning, Australian program designed to address the growing incidence of kids who don’t fit in with today’s classroom environment. It’s designed to provide teachers with practical classroom strategies for managing different learning styles and behaviours’.

Software & Other Media

  • Conduct
    ‘Powerful software application for Mac and Windows that lets teachers and schools record, analyse and track incidents of positive and negative student behaviour’. Developed in the UK.
  • You Can Handle Them All
    ‘Will put great strategies at your fingertips !’ ISoftware and video/DVDs.

Tools, Techniques & Strategies

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Other Information

Australian Sites

International Sites

  • Behaviour Disorders
    Information including education and medication.
  • Behaviour Page
  • Misunderstood Minds
    ‘A companion site to a PBS special on learning differences and disabilities. Explore stories, find information and resources for parents’.
  • Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports
    ‘Established by the 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’. Some areas not relevant. However, check home page sections, while their Research Base is good.
  • The Behaviour Home Page
    ‘Working to make a difference for children who display challenging behaviour’. Joint UK/US initiative. Contains specific advice and is worth visiting.

Government Agencies & Bodies

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

Magazines & Journals

For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

  • Beyond Behaviour
    Table of Contents, but you need to be a member to access material.
  • Welcome to ADHD Ezine
    ‘One of the best sources of ADD and ADHD information for teachers, health professionals, parents and adults with ADD’.

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1. Behaviour Disorders. : Secondary Education, 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 10 Jan. 2014.

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