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2nd Edition

Successfully Teaching and Managing Children with ADHD
A Resource for SENCOs and Teachers

ISBN 9780367110109
Published May 3, 2019 by Routledge
108 Pages

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Book Description

Written by one of the UK's leading experts in ADHD, O’Regan’s Successfully Teaching and Managing Children with ADHD is an invaluable resource offering practical and effective strategies for managing the difficult and often disruptive symptoms of ADHD in the classroom setting. Alongside the accessible and user-friendly resources that have made the first edition so valued, this second edition offers:

  • A greater number of case studies addressing the key issues surrounding ADHD in education
  • Up-to-date information and advice regarding medication and behavioural strategies
  • Specific advice on recognising and managing ADHD in girls and adults

Chapters in this book explore topics such as recognising and managing ADHD behaviour; working with parents of children with ADHD; whole school approaches to ADHD; and professional development for teachers and assistants. With accompanying assessment and management resources including the CAST (Child ADHD Screening Tool), this is an essential tool for teachers, SENCOs, behavioural management staff and senior leaders.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Lorraine Peterson



1: Why is the issue of ADHD so important?


A shared understanding and ethos

Some facts and figures

Parental views

2: When is it ADHD?

What is the prevalence of ADHD?

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Girls and ADD

What causes ADHD?

How do you diagnose ADHD?

Are there co-existing difficulties (co-morbidities)?

3: How can we manage ADHD behaviour?



Rewarding success

Target charts


Managing disruptions

Managing aggression

Teacher power



4: How can we help non-traditional learners to access the curriculum?

Case Study 1

Case Study 2

Positive interventions

Developing basic skills

Study Skills


Exam arrangements

5: Whole school approaches

A multi-modal model



Rapport, Relationships, Role models

6: How does medication help?

Case Study

Different types of medication

An argument for using medication

Considering the medication process

What do parents need to know about medication?

Children’s perceptions

7: Are there any additional options for managing ADHD?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)





Speech and language therapy

8: How can teachers work with parents of children with ADHD?

Case study

Parenting programmes

Home-school collaboration

Identifying problem times

Rewards and Sanctions


9: How can transitions be made less problematic?

KS1 to KS2

Primary to secondary school transition

Peer support and understanding

Case study

Transition to further education or training

ADHD and the workplace

10: Professional development for teachers and assistants

(Use these chapter summaries to make slides and/or handouts for colleagues, and in structuring training sessions on ADHD)

Planning CPD

Starting a discussion

Appendix 1: CAST (Child ADHD Screening Tool)

Appendix 2: Assessing girls with ADD/ADHD

Appendix 3: School policy for managing medicines








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Fintan J. O’Regan is currently an International Behaviour and Learning Consultant and an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association for Special Needs and the Institute of Education. He is also the Vice Chairman of UK ADHD Partnership, a member of the European ADHD Alliance and former chairperson of the European ADHD Taskforce.