ADDGazette (A new FREE monthly ezine accenting the positive side of ADD and ADHD.For sufferers, parents and professionals to keep up to date with all the latest news and research in the field of ADHD (and other related disorders). Articles will be of the highest quality from the most eminent specialists in the field and among other disorders and syndromes dscussed will be Autism, Asperger syndrome, Tourette sundrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc. Input is wanted from both professionals and parents as we believe it is imperative for all concerned in the welfare of 'sufferers' to work together to find positive soloutions and a way forward for these fantastic and often gifted children (and adults).

Addressing Student Problem Behavior (Part I - An IEP Team’s Introduction To Functional Behavioral Assessment And Behavior Intervention Plans Part II - Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment Part III - Creating Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans and Supports )

ADHD in the Classroom, Part 1: Strategies for Behavior Management (by Richard R. Matte and Jon A. Bolaski )

ADHD Understanding the Problem (This three-part article provides an excellent overview of the current state of knowledge regarding a disorder that is often called the most "over-diagnosed" mental problem--attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. The extensive use of medication for emotional disorders is controversial for some people. While the National Institute of Mental Health--which commissioned this article--is a firm supporter of medication use, it is certainly on the side of those who urge caution and care with prescription drugs. This article discusses the medication controversy and provides descriptions of alternative treatments that have been shown to be effective. It also identifies treatments that have not yet been proven effective in most cases)

Applying Positive Behavioral Support and Functional Behavioral Assessment in Schools (OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)

Articles Challenging Behaviors (Training and Technical Assistance Center at the College of William and Mary)

Attention Deficits:What Teachers Should Know

Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Challenging Behaviour Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The Autism Research Foundation (TARF)

The Behavior Homepage Working to Make a Difference for Children Who Display Challenging Behaviors

Behavior Intervention Guidelines (Provides school districts with assistance in conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Developing Behavior Intervention Plans.)

Behavior Management Getting to the Bottom of Social Skills Deficits

Behavior Influence Techniques by Carolyn Ito

Behavioral Interventions Creating a Safe Environment In Our Schools (School discipline and behavior management etc...)

Best Practices for Designing and Delivering Effective Programs for Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Recommendations of the Collaborative Work Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorders Sponsored by the California Departments of Education and Developmental Services July 1997)

Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

The Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network

Challenging Behavior: A Model for Breaking the Barriers to Social and Community Integration

Challenging Behaviors Caring for Children with Special Needs: (Doreen B. Greenstein, Ph.D. Developmental Psychologist Cornell University Extension Service)

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD, AD/HD…There are nearly as many names for the disorder as there are opinions about its diagnosis and treatment. And that's why there's CHADD – the national non-profit organization representing children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Founded in 1987 by a group of concerned parents, CHADD works to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder through education, advocacy and support. Working closely with leaders in the field of AD/HD research, diagnosis and treatment, CHADD offers its members and the public information they can trust.)


Concept Paper on the Identification of and Intervention with Challenging Behavior (click on the DEC concept paper link for a pdf download)

Current Trends > Functional Behavioral Assessment

DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Checklists (The following checklists are offered as examples of ways that individuals or teams might use the Recommended Practices to guide program development or evaluation. Readers are encouraged to design their own checklists or discussion guides that focus on their particular program development needs and concerns. The checklists come from DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (Sandall, McLean and Smith, 2000). These checklists are in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded and copied without permission - distribution is encouraged!)

Developing Positive Behavioral Support Plans


Division of Behavioral Neurology (The Division of Behavioral Neurology is a division of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is academically affilitated with Harvard Medical School. The Division is composed of the Behavioral Neurology Unit and the Dyslexia Research Laboratory. The BNU is concerned with clinical services, clinical research and clinical teaching, while the Dyslexia Research Laboratory is concerned with bench research and training.)

Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped CHildren)

The Dual Diagnosis Forum (The Dual Diagnosis Forum provides an opportunity for networking, idea sharing and reflection among people who provide supports to others facing the dual challenge of mental retardation and mental illness. The Forum was organized in response to the belief that people with the concurrent disabilities of mental retardation and mental illness have often been rendered invisible in the eyes of professionals and that they have frequently been served ineffectively and inappropriately. The Forum will explore the issues which impact upon the provision of services and supports to these individuals and will attempt to effect positive changes in those services and in the lives of the people involved. )

Educational Psychology Topics (great resource)

Effective Behavior Support (EBS) (Effective Behavior Support (EBS) is a carefully designed approach to increasing schools capacity to provide support to all students.  EBS uses a systems-level empirically-based approach to promote prosocial behavior while reducing the incidence and prevalence of problem behavior in schools.) (Check out the highlighted hyperlinks also!)

The Explosive Child (Understanding and Helping Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.)

Extraordinary Parenting The power of thoughts and feelings in reaching children with autism by Steven R. Wertz

Function-Based Support at School: Summaries of Research Examples (Tary J. Tobin, Ph.D. University of Oregon. This booklet contains examples of actual situations (the student's names were changed to protect confidentiality), drawn from a literature review (Tobin, 2000) of research reports of effective, function-based support at school for individual students with problem behaviors. Successful, positive interventions were developed as a result of functional behavioral assessment (FBA) that led to ideas for ways the students could have their needs meet and cope with situations that were difficult for them without resorting to inappropriate behavior.)

Functional Behavioral Assessment: A Few Links

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) (This is an introductory site on Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) designed as part of a course on Curriculum Based Assessment. Kathryn Rogers, a graduate student in school psychology at Georgia State University, maintains the site.) (Easy to understand explanation)

Functional Behavioral Assessment & Positive Behavioral Support (Resources and Links)

FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT Office of Special Education - ODE (Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process of detailed analysis that seeks to identify problem behavior(s) a student exhibits within educational environments. Based on data gathered through observations, interviews, and rating scales, it can give a clearer picture of the antecedents-behavior-consequences that may cause a behavior to be repeated. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations, give us specific situations when a Functional Behavioral Assessment is to be included in the development of a free and appropriate public education for a child. )

Functional Behavioral Assessment: Process Without Procedure (2000 Volume 2 BYU Education & Law Journal)

Functional Behavioral Assessment: The Link Between Problem Behavior and Effective Intervention in Schools

Functional Behavioral Assessment: What, Why, When, Where, and Who? (by Stephen Starin, Ph.D. )

Homeschooling Kids With Disabilities (Homeschooling Kids With Disabilities offers information and support to people who have chosen to homeschool their children with special educational needs. Access to information is linked on the scroll-down menu to the left. Or, you can search the site using the search engine.) (Several links to resources on assessment and Functional Behavioral Assessment on the site)

HOW TO TEACH PIVOTAL BEHAVIORS TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: A TRAINING MANUAL ( Robert L Koegel Laura Schreffirnan Amy Good Laurie Cerniglia Clodagh Murphy Lynn Kern Koegel University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, San Diego)

IDEA Practices Behavior and Discipline

IDEA Practices Professional Development Resources (check it out!!)

Inclusion Matters (Inclusion MATTERS! was developed as a working document by the Inclusion Facilitators of Special School District of St. Louis County to serve as a tool to help educators and parents plan and implement inclusive education for students with disabilities.)

Inclusion Yours, Mine, Ours

Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis' (IABA is dedicated to the advancement of positive practices in the field of challenging behavior. We sincerely hope that this site will assist you in your endeavor to provide nonaversive, person-centered services to support people with challenging behavior.)

Institute for Developmental Behavioral Neurology


The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP)

Interventions for Chronic Behavior Problems (NICHCY Research Brief 1 October 1999)

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (A Journal that deals exclusively with principles of positive behavior support in school, home, and community settings for people with challenges in behavioral adaptation. The Journal has the following major missions: * To meaningfully translate research to practice * To report successful and replicable demonstrations in family, school, and community environments. * To report significant empirical advances in intervention development.)

Karolinska Institutet Mental Disorders (Karolinska Institutet has many great sections especially in the library under diseases and disorders)

Kentucky-Behavior Home Page (The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at UK (SERC) are collaborating on this Web page on student behavior. The purpose is to provide a format that allows school personnel, parents, and other professionals to gain access to information, to share effective practices, and to receive ongoing consultation and technical assistance concerning the full range of behavior problems and challenges displayed by children and youth in school and community settings, as well as other behavioral issues that may affect their success in school. )

Kinderstart Search Engine (Results on a "behavior" search, check the whole site out though!!)

Limbic System: The Center of Emotions by Jœlio Rocha do Amaral, MD & Jorge Martins de Oliveira, MD, PhD

The LRE for LIFE Project (The LRE for LIFE Project is a state-funded professional development and technical assistance project jointly sponsored by the Divisions of Curriculum and Instruction, Vocational-Technical Education, and Special Education of the Tennessee Department of Education. "LRE for LIFE" is an acronym for Least Restrictive Environment for Living, Inclusion, Friendships and Employment denoting the ultimate task of schools to prepare their students to live as valued, contributing, respected, democratic citizens with meaningful relationships and satisfying careers. )

Links to Websites of Interest to Mental Health Professionals (check it out! you can get to many great resources.)

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Medication That Affects Behavior by Christopher P. Gorton, MD

Medications Commonly Prescribed To Improve Behavior, Mood and Learning

THE MELTDOWN: The chronically inflexible, explosive child by Jeffrey Glasser, Ph.D

Michigan's Plan to Improve the Performance of Students with Disabilities

Multimodal Functional Behavioral Assessment (If you want to jump right into multimodal functional behavioral assessment download the three-page forms we have developed. You will find these forms in many different computer formats. If there is a problem getting the forms send an e-mail to Dr. Jeff Miller. Read an introduction to functional behavioral assessment online, explore a training presentation outline about FBAs and BIPs, or download a copy of the PowerPoint97 for Windows presentation used in the actual training.

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute

Pediatric Development and Behavior Develomental-Behavioral Pediatrics Online Community (The Pediatric Development and Behavior Homepages is an independent web site created to promote better care and outcomes for children and families affected by developmental, learning, and behavioral problems by providing access to clinically relevant information and educational material for physicians, fellows, resident physicians, and students. The site may also be of interest to psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists, educators, and parents.) good site!

Pediatric Psychopharmacology: Autism (Original Authors: Paul Perry, Ph.D, BCPP, Sam Kuperman, M.D. Latest Revisers: Paul Perry, Ph.D, BCPP, Sam Kuperman, M.D. Creation Date: 1996 Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed )

The Pennsylvania Journal On Positive Approaches (The Pennsylvania Journal On Positive Approaches is a quarterly publication dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors live fulfilling Everyday Lives. Through case studies, Positive Approaches practices and tools, book reviews, interviews, policy and regulation reviews, and articles, the following Positive Approaches continuum of supports will be highlighted and explored: *Values and Changes in Environment *Effective and Enhanced Communications *Appropriate Specialized Assessments & Interventions *Wrap Around and Extraordinary Supports - Hanging In There)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) (The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been established by the 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. The Center has two foci: 1. Broad dissemination to schools, families, and communities about a technology of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and support. 2. Demonstrations at the level of individual students, schools, districts, and states that school-wide positive behavioral interventions and support are feasible and effective.)

Positive Behavior Support

Practical Approaches to Behaviors That Drive You Crazy (Also Known as "Challenging Behaviors") (From the November/December 1999 issue of "Disability Solutions"

Psychopharmacology, The Fourth Generation of Progress On-Line Edition (The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology)


Rage Behavior in the ADHD Juvenile: Effective Management Strategies (Dan Matthews, M.D. and Larry Fisher, Ph.D. Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Systems)

Red and Green Choices (P r o v i d i n g C h i l d r e n with A S D & B e h a v i o r a l C o n c e r n s C o m m o n a l i t y
through L i t e r a t u r e using "R e d a n d G r e e n C h o i c e s" B e h a v i o r a l S t r a t e g i e s)


R+einforcement Unlimited Clinical and Behavioral Consultants (Workshop: An Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment:The Essentials of Compliance with IDEA)

Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide (This guide was produced by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice of the American Institutes for Research, and the National Association of School Psychologists under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs (Grant # H327T60005), under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program provided additional support under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Gun-Free Schools Act.)

SchoolBehavior (Great Site)

Seeing the "Inflexible-Explosive Child" in a New Light (Harvard University clinical psychologist Ross Greene has worked extensively with children, whom he has come to call "inflexible-explosive children." These are children who get frustrated very easily and often have explosive tantrums over seemingly trivial things. This July, Dr. Greene shared his insights about working with these children at NEFC’s Responsive Leadership Institute in Greenfield, MA. In the following article, we report on some of Dr. Greene’s key points)

So Brain Medications Help? Cry the Beloved Mind

Special Education Legal Rights Publications (Reed Martin)

Special Solutions Helping People Reach Their Fullest Potential

Student Discipline Individuals With Disabilities Education Act United States General Accounting Office Report to the Committees on Appropriations, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Students studying special education at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and East Tennessee State University College of Education Intervention Techniques

Studies of the Pharmacological Treatment of Autism: Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors

Supporting An Individual With Challenging Behaviors (by Devin McFerren )

Teaching Tips Index

Think Time Strategy

UnderstandingTests and Measurements for the Parent and Advocate (Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright, M.A., M.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Worker 1997 )

Using the Internet as a Medium to Support Teachers in the Management of Students With Challenging Behaviors (Donna T. Meers University of Kentucky C. Michael Nelson, Chair University of Kentucky Copyright,,1998 )

What Works Briefs (Summaries of Effective Practices for Supporting Children's Social-Emotional Development and Preventing Challenging Behaviors.)

The Wild Child

You Can Handle Them All (A discipline model for handling over one hundred different misbehaviors at school and at home) (This is a great resource!!)

You Can Say No And Your Child Will Still Love You (This book is dedicated to all the moms who came to my office in their quest to become a better parent. I thank you all for making this book possible. It is also dedicated to all the wonderful kids from ages 4 to 24 who came to negotiate their bedtimes, allowances, privileges and their responsibilities. I thank all the dads who came to give support to their wives. I hope the visits to my office helped you all. This book is written from the heart for all the parents who try so hard and often lose control.)