Educating Children with AD/HD: A Teacher's Manual

By Paul Cooper; Fintan J. O'Regan | Go to book overview

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Biology, Brains and AD/HD

Main topics:

AD/HD and the brain I: the psychology of AD/HD

AD/HD and the brain II: the biology of AD/HD

AD/HD and families: genetics and AD/HD


AD/HD AND THE BRAIN I: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AD/HD

Cognitive research on individuals with AD/HD has produced a number of theories about the precise nature of the psychological impairment involved in AD/HD. Most of these theories tend to agree on the view that, of the three core features of AD/HD (attentional problems, impulsiveness and hyperactivity), the overriding problem is that of impulse control. It is not the case that children with AD/HD do not want to conform to rules and behave in orderly, organised and co-operative ways. Neither is it the case, necessarily, that they do not know what the desirable form of behaviour is in a given situation (though this should never be taken for granted). Rather, the problem resides in the psychological (cognitive) mechanism of self-regulation. This means that the psychological machinery that we all rely on to stop ourselves from doing things that are not in our best interests can be said to be malfunctioning for the person with AD/HD. In psychological terms people with AD/HD are characterised as experiencing significantly greater problems than most in inhibiting or delaying a behavioural response.

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Educating Children with AD/HD: A Teacher's Manual
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Part 1 - Understanding Ad/Hd 1
  • 1 - Ad/Hd 3
  • 2 - Ad/Hd in the Classroom: Teacher and Student Perspectives 8
  • 3 - Ad/Hd and Other Problems 18
  • 4 - Biology, Brains and Ad/Hd 21
  • 5 - Ad/Hd and Destiny 25
  • Part 2 - Principles and Practices for Intervention with Ad/Hd 31
  • 6 - The Multi-Modal Approach to Intervention 33
  • 7 - Ad/Hd in the Classroom: Basic Principles and Practices 45
  • Part 3 - Ad/Hd in Action: Case Studies 57
  • 8 - The Different Faces of Ad/Hd 59
  • 9 - Ad/Hd with Oppositional Defiance 63
  • 10 - Ad/Hd with Detachment 68
  • 11 - Ad/Hd with Impulsivity 72
  • 12 - Ad/Hd with Obsessions 76
  • 13 - Ad/Hd with Learning Difficulties 81
  • 14 - Ad/Hd with High Ability 85
  • 15 - Ad/Hd with Conduct Disorder 89
  • 16 - Ad/Hd: Combined Type 94
  • 17 - And in the End: Caring for the Carers 98
  • Appendix 1 104
  • Appendix 2 106
  • References 109
  • Index 113
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