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 Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
‘Promoting mental health for young Australians’.
- Australian Psychological Society [APS]
‘The largest professional association for psychologists in Australia’. Has a range of community information, Psychology Topics [including ADHD], publications, find a psychologist and more.
- ADDults with ADHD [NSW]
‘Addressing the needs of adults with ADHD and other related conditions, and their families’. Their Bookstore has some worthwhile material which, while fee-based, is very reasonable in cost. There are also pages on Teaching Links and Parenting.
- Attention Disorders Association of South Australia
- Canberra & Queanbeyan ADD Support Group
- Ed-u-cate [Vic.]
Additional areas as well as material on AD/HD.
- Learning & Attentional Disorders Society [WA]
- Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW
Additional areas as well.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
‘AACAP is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders’. Their Family Resources page is worth visiting.
- 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 [US]
‘We’re people just like you, dedicated to providing information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [AD/HD] and the professionals who serve them’. Adults with AD/HD in particular.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
‘The nation’s leading non-profit organisation serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16 000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S.’.
- Council for Children with Behavioural Disorders
US. ‘Committed to 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.
- ACT Special
Special schools, especially Behaviour oriented sites, contact details, other information.
- Behaviour Programs [NSW]
- Behaviour Support [Education
Information, links to resources.
- Inclusive Classroom
Description of this process. For a range of policies in this area, go to Policies - Inclusive Education.
- Primary Welfare Officer
‘Will enhance the capacity of schools and primary welfare officers to support students who are at-risk of disengagement from school and who are not reaching their educational potential’.
- Regional Support Services [SA]
- Positive Behaviour Management [NT]
Information, links. There is also information about Positive Learning Centres here.
Selected Schools, Teaching Centres & Specialist Services
- Behaviour Management [SA]
Includes access to Policies and guidelines, Support [including the Behavioural Intervention Service] and information on Bullying.
Management Policies [WA]
Several policies and statements that operate in this area.
- Behaviour & Wellbeing Programs
This page provides links to information and centres for both Primary and Secondary levels. In addition, you can access a Primary Behaviour Centre Information Brochure and a Secondary Behaviour Centre Information Brochure [both in Microsoft Publisher format].
- Malkara School
Canberra. Caters to a range of Primary level students needs.
- Positive Learning Centres [Qld]
‘Positive Learning Centres [PLCs] are one provision in an array of regional services that aim to provide an alternative program for some students who at a given point in time require intervention beyond the capacity of a mainstream classroom’ This is the Listing of all centres with contact details.
- The John Berne School
Run by Marist Brothers for children with emotional, social and behavioural problems who may not otherwise complete schooling. New South Wales.
Attention Deficit Disorder
‘For People with ADHD & Those Who Love Them’. Advice, resources, links to further information.
US National Institute of Mental Health. Use options for types of publications at the top of the page.
- ADHD - A Guide for Families
Guidebook and access to a video. They also have Facts for Families - Children who can’t pay attention information.
- ADHD Fact Sheet
From the Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- ADHD News
‘The latest ADHD News articles published daily. Includes news on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder - short concentration span, difficulties following instructions, organisational problems, distractibility, forgetfulness, fidgeting, hyperactivity, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities’. Can be taken as a feed. You can also access Videos on ADHD here.
- ADHD Owner’s Manual
How diagnosed, treatments, intervention practices, discusses available medication.
- ADHD Ezine
‘One of the best sources of ADD and ADHD information for teachers, health professionals, parents and adults with ADD’. Covers diet, books, alternative treatments, adult versions of the condition, a free ezine, links and more.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
For adults and children. Informative links.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]
Australian Psychological Society. Media release, Resources, publications and other links. A second section on ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] in children can be found here. Another article, Psychological Intervention - An Alternative to Drugs in The Fight Against ADHD  is worth considering.
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Explained
Better Health, Victoria Fact sheet. Links to other fact sheets about Attention Deficit disorders and related areas.
- Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic
Information and processes relating to ADHD Also covers Autism, Dyslexia and other conditions related to behaviour.
- Every Day With ADHD
Australian. Book [for purchase], workshops, seminars, newsletters, support group, questions and suggestions, more. Check for the latest Workshops & Seminars and the latest edition of the newsletter. You should also check their page for ADHD Information Sheets, which cover areas including Parents & Carers, People with ADHD, Food & Diet and General Exercises & Information. Downloadable in PDF format.
- 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’.
- 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.
- Yahoo Directory
Use the menu items to find further information.
- 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.
- About Conduct Disorder
Symptoms, who is likely to have it, why it happens, how treated, Q & A, references, related books. US.
Disorder Resource Centre
General introduction, about, books, clinical resources, Facts for Families, FAQs, getting help, research.
- Conduct Disorder Information
- Conduct Disorders
‘A soft place to land for the battle weary parent’. News, Forum, Videos, What’s new ?.
- Parent Guide to Helping Children Manage Conflict,
Aggression and Bullying
Australian Psychological Society Tip Sheet.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Better Health, Victoria. A good introduction.
Defiant Disorder 
Definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis, lifestyle and home remedies, coping and support. Mayo Clinic.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
“In Children and Adolescents : Diagnosis and Treatment”. Information in question and answer format.
- Understanding Oppositional Defiance Disorder [Family Health]
‘Oppositional defiance disorder is a behavioural disorder that is thought to affect one in 10 children under 12 years, with boys outnumbering girls by two to one. The disorder can be seen in children as young as three years and consists of a pattern of negative, defiant and hostile behaviour that isn’t grown out of’.
Sites for children of all ages.
- Classroom Strategies For Students with Attention
‘Reworded from Strategies by Dr. Rick Jarman [Royal Children’s Hospital, Melb.] by Judie Gade’.
- Information for Children and Parents
Information plus sales pitch for videos on the topic.
Parental Involvement, Information & Support
- Behaviour Basics : A
an e-ssential guide that has articles and resources.
- Conduct Disorders
‘To be a “soft place to land for the battle-weary parent”. You will be amazed at the number of suggestions offered and the amount of support given’.
- Conduct Disorders [AACAP]
Select from the “Learn About … ” section.
- Parenting in Practice
‘A book which offers supportive advice to parents of children and adolescents. It demonstrates common sense strategies to parenting through detailed text, examples, and scenarios’. For purchase from The John Berne School.
‘Parent’s guide to helping kids with learning difficulties’.
Disorders in Children
Better Health, Victoria. A good introduction. Links to further information can be found here.
- Emotional Disturbance Fact Sheet
Definition, characteristics, educational implications, link to resources and organisations. A PDF Version is also available.
- Managing Challenging Behaviour
Early Childhood Australia. Intervention, time-outs and other methodology with the young.
- Shrink-Rap Press
‘We publish books about emotional and psychiatric disorders. Each book explains a mental health problem in a simple way. Shrink-Rap books are all by experienced psychiatrists’. Australian.
- The Master Teacher
‘The behaviour resources are from our popular series You Can Handle Them All [2nd Ed.]’. Grouped under Administrators, All Educators or Paraeducators.
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
‘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
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Strategies developed in British Columbia covering this condition noted. While Canadian, it should be applicable in all educational settings, allowing for any special systemic requirements.
- Behaviour Contract
to Support Good Behaviour
‘What are they ? How do they Help ?’ Discussion, suggestions, further reading, related articles, information on positive consequences.
- Behaviour Contracts - Printables
Multiple versions of these in Word and PDF formats.
- Behaviour Modification Plan
For use by teachers or parents. Description, related articles, samples, links.
- Behaviour Tips & Tricks
Links to specific areas, articles, other resources.
- BIP - Behaviour Intervention Plan
‘A BIP, or Behaviour Intervention Plan lays out how the IEP team will improve difficult behaviour that is inhibiting a child’s academic success’.
- Checklists for Children with Learning
‘Will help you determine where your child’s/student’s strengths and weaknesses are. Check appropriate items and bring forward to your IEP meeting or for a parent/teacher meeting’.
a Comprehensive Classroom Management Plan
‘Creating a well ordered, successful classroom is important for all children. Shy or well behaved children need to know that they will be safe. Disruptive students need to have the structure that will support their best behaviour and learning, not their worst behaviour’.
- Framework of Principles and Best Practice …
“For Managing Student Behaviour in the Australian Education Context”. Article with references. Abstract provided here. PDF download.
- 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.
- ADD and ADHD - What Are They ?
Select from the listing. Recently updated.
- The Parenting Line [WA]
‘The Parenting Line is a Free Telephone Service providing information and advice for people caring for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age’.
Magazines & Journals
For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
1. Behaviour Disorders. About.com : Secondary Education, 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 10 Jan. 2014. http://712educators.about.com/od/specialeducationglossary/g/bd.htm.