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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

April 2010 | 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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Overview of ADHD

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781412969109