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 Psychological Society [APS]
Community information, Psychology Topics [including ADHD], publications, find a psychologist, more.
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‘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’.
- Attention Disorders Association of South Australia
- Canberra & Queanbeyan ADD Support Group
- Ed-u-cate [Vic.]
Includes material on Support Groups for ADHD, LD & Spectrum Disorders, Teaching Links and AD/HD.
- Updated ! Learning & Attentional Disorders Society [WA]
- 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]’.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
‘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.
- ACT Special
Special schools, especially Behaviour oriented sites, contact details, other information.
- Behaviour Management [SA]
Policies, guidelines, Support [including Behavioural Intervention Service], Bullying.
- Behaviour Management Policies [WA]
- Behaviour Programs [NSW]
Behaviour Resources and Support
Department of Education, Northern Territory.
- Behaviour & Wellbeing Programs
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 Word format].
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Behaviour Support [Education Queensland]
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Positive Behaviour Support
‘Uses preventative, teaching and reinforcement-based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behaviour outcomes’.
- Primary Welfare Officer
‘To support students who are at-risk of disengagement from school and who are not reaching their educational potential’.
- Regional Support Services [SA]
- Safe Schools NThas a section on Positive Behaviour Management. Information about Positive Learning Centres is found here.
Selected Schools, Teaching Centres & Specialist Services
- Arndell School
One of multiple schools in the NSW Department of Education and Communities. 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]
- The John Berne School
Run by Marist Brothers for children with emotional, social and behavioural problems who may not otherwise complete schooling. NSW.
Attention Deficit Disorder
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 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.
- ADHD News
‘The latest ADHD News articles published daily. Includes news on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder’. Access Videos on ADHD here [Back soon].
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]
Australian Psychological Society. Resources, publications and other links.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [Raising
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.
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: 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.
- NIMH - Medication
Overview, side effects, Are stimulant medications safe, do medications cure ADHD ?
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Bipolar Disorder [Healthdirect Aust.]
Overview, Living With, Facts & Figures, more.
- NIMH - Bipolar Disorder
NIMH. What is Bipolar Disorder ?, Causes, Signs & Symptoms, Who Is At Risk ?, Diagnosis, Treatments, Living With, more.
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Bipolar Disorder [Sane Aust.]
What it is, symptoms, causes, how many sufferers, finding out more.
- Conduct Disorder
Better Health, Victoria. Characteristics, influence of the family, other factors, diagnosis, treatment, where to get help, more.
Disorder Resource Centre
Introduction, about, clinical resources, Facts for Families, FAQs, getting help, research.
- Conduct Disorder Information Sheet
- Conduct Disorders
Overview, what you can do, South Australian resources, further information links.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- ODD : A Guide
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Better Health, Victoria. Characteristics, diagnosis, treatment, family life and ODD, where to get help, more.
Defiant Disorder [Mayo Clinic]
Definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis, lifestyle and home remedies, coping and support.
- Behaviour & Discipline
‘Learn about the basic discipline philosophies, and find out which is best for your child’.
- Behaviour Basics : A
E-ssential guide with articles and resources.
- Behaviour Disorders
Information includes education and medication.
Disorders in Children
Better Health, Victoria. Good introduction. Links to further information are found here.
- Child Behaviour Disorders [MedlinePlus]
Basics, specific conditions, related issues, research, reference shelf, for children, for teenagers, handouts.
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Emotional Disturbance Fact Sheet
Definition, characteristics, educational implications, resources and organisations, links. A Updated ! PDF Version is available.
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Getting the Balance Right
Early Childhood Australia. ‘The challenge of balancing praise and correction for early school years children who exhibit oppositional and defiant behaviour’./li>
- 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’. Purchase from The John Berne School.
Resources for Professionals
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‘Hundreds of classroom interventions to help elementary school, and high school students with ADD or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’. Canada.
- Behaviour Management Tools
TES Australia. ‘Useful hints and tips and and easy to use Individual Behaviour Plan/monitoring chart’. Multiple documents [MS Word].
- Classroom Strategies For Students with Attention Difficulties
‘Reworded from Strategies by Dr. Rick Jarman [Royal Children’s Hospital, Melb.] by Judie Gade’.
‘Application for Mac and Windows that lets teachers and schools record, analyse and track incidents of positive and negative student behaviour. Works on all mobile devices’. UK.
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Student Discipline & Behaviour Management Help and Advice
Behaviour Strategies and Case Studies. Note the acknowledgement requirement.
RMIT. Strategies, classroom management, reflection, student feedback, more. PDFs, sites with videos.
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Whole School Behaviour and Classroom Management
Resources - TES
Select topic from options. ‘2 719 Free teaching resources : lesson plans, worksheets, teaching ideas and much more’.
Tools, Techniques & Strategies
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Strategies covering this condition. 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’.
- Behaviour Modification Plan
For teachers or parents. Description, related articles, samples, links.
- Behaviour Tips & Tricks
Links to specific areas, articles, resources.
- 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’.
- Managing Challenging Behaviours with Children who have Additional Needs
2010, Megan Shaw. ‘Suggestions for managing with the behaviour of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder’. PDF document.
- Behaviour Page
- 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 Research Base is good.
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.
- Parenting WA Line
‘Free Telephone Service providing information and advice for people caring for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age’. Who can call and how they can help. Other links.
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.