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Managing ADHD in the K-8 Classroom

Managing ADHD in the K-8 Classroom
A Teacher's Guide

Edited by:
  • Grad L. Flick - Seacoast Psychological Association, The ADD Clinic

August 2012 | 248 pages | Corwin
To help teachers gain a better understanding of ADHD, licensed clinical psychologist Grad L. Flick provides clear-cut behavioural intervention strategies for dealing with everything from general behaviour challenges to specific issues related to ADHD.

Managing ADHD in the K–8 Classroom offers the latest research-based information about characteristics, assessment, and behaviours associated with ADHD, and provides appropriate options for responding to children's challenging behaviour. This valuable resource features case studies, checklists, graphs, and specific strategies that help general and special education teachers:

- Make accommodations in the classroom

- Promote appropriate behaviour and discourage inappropriate behaviour

- Deal with children's impulsivity, attention problems, hyperactivity, difficulty following directions, and other problem behaviours related to ADHD

- Use relaxation and stress management techniques that strengthen teachers' ability to handle behavioural challenges.

About the Author
1. Overview of ADHD
About This Book  
Age Range  
Options for Teachers  
Clinical Manual  
Sequence of Steps  
2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Core Characteristics of ADHD  
Biological Bases of ADHD  
Current DSM-IV-TR Criteria  
Behavioral Features  
Comorbidity Conditions  
Developmental Trends: Child to Adult  
The ADHD Controversy  
Long-Term Outcomes for ADHD  
3. Diagnosis and Assessment of ADHD
Assessment of ADHD  
Defining Functional Impairment  
Medication Monitoring  
A Behavioral Alternative  
Behavioral Operations Sequence  
Primary Functions of Behavior  
Types of Reinforcers  
Alternate Placement  
4. Education of Children With ADHD
General Suggestions  
Academic Suggestions  
Behavioral Suggestions  
Teaching Children With ADHD  
Academic Instruction  
5. Basic Behavioral Techniques: Development of Appropriate Behavior
Premack Principle  
Verbal Praise  
Independent Functioning  
Developing New Behaviors  
Social Skills  
Including Home Behavior in School Programs  
Contingency Contracting  
Home-School Notes  
Effective Home-School Programs  
6. Basic Behavioral Techniques: Removing Inappropriate Behavior
Development of ADHD Behaviors  
Removing Inappropriate Behavior  
Selecting Behaviors and Ignoring and Withdrawing Privileges  
Using Class Procedures to Forestall Predictable Sequences  
Prevention Strategies  
Disciplining Students With ADHD  
7. Specific Behavioral Interventions for ADHD
On-Task Behavior  
Following Instructions  
Social Skills Problems  
Inappropriate Verbalizations  
8. Survival Techniques for Teachers
Changing the Teacher's Coping Strategy  
Relaxation and Stress Management  
Daily Affirmations  
Being Assertive  
Summing Up Teacher Mental Health Practices  
The Future Outlook  

"Another powerful resource by Flick, filled with a wealth of up-to-date and research-based information about ADHD, effective strategies and interventions for managing the disorder, and expert guidance to enable students with ADHD to achieve success."

Sandra Rief, Educational Consultant
Author of How to Reach & Teach Children With ADD/ADHD

"I found Flick's methods on removing inappropriate behaviors an invaluable tool that I used in my classroom management plan during my student teaching experience. The performance of my eighth-grade students with an ADHD IEP plan showed a marked improvement when I used the behavioral interventions. New teachers, as well as veteran teachers, will benefit from Flick's behavioral interventions; most importantly, student performance will be improved."

Edwin Thompson, English Language Arts Teacher

"Flick has once again given teachers the tools they need to be master behavioral technologists in the classroom. Every teacher in every classroom could benefit by reading this book. Those who teach particularly challenging children will benefit the most. By following Flick’s practical recommendations, teachers will be able to systematically employ behavioral strategies to effectively improve classroom behavior and attention, increase academic performance, and positively impact the self-esteem of students in their class."

Harvey C. Parker, Clinical Psychologist
Author, The ADHD Handbook for Schools

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Grad L. Flick

Grad L. Flick is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Mississippi and Arkansas. He has specialization in neuropsychology and certification in biofeedback and stress management. He is also an EAP provider and has training in critical incidence stress debriefing. Flick has been in private practice for over 38 years and has seen thousands of children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, he is director of Seacoast Psychological Associates, Inc. and the ADD Clinic. The ADD Clinic offers assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who have ADHD. Flick has numerous scientific presentation and publication credits,... More About Author