Behaviour Disorders

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Behaviour Disorders are conditions that are more than just disruptive behaviour. They are related to mental health problems that lead to disruptive behaviour and emotional and social problems. Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] is an example of a behaviour disorder. Children with behaviour disorders typically need a variety of professional interventions including medication, psychological treatment, rehabilitation, or possibly other treatments. 1

Even taking these factors into account, inclusion is a preferred educational option wherever this is possible and every effort is normally made to achieve this. Where this is not possible, special classes or special schools involving curriculum and staffing modification are used.

The Special Education Resources page provides further options from Australia and overseas.

This page looks at associations, selected educational sites, children’s sites, parent sites, government bodies, conditions, strategies, software, magazines, journals, resources, technology and other information.


Australian Sites

State Bodies

International Sites

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Education Sites

Check other relevant state/territory links on the main Special Education page.

Selected Schools, Teaching Centres & Specialist Services

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Attention Deficit Disorder


  • Open Forest
    Offers resources facilitating knowledge and self help of problems around ADHD. They range from research to strategies, checklists and more.
  • Unlocking the Potential of Gifted Kids with ADHD
    ‘Teaching and parenting these twice-exceptional [and easily bored] students takes persistence and creativity, but the hard work is more than worthwhile when their gifts are unlocked’. Interesting article with a number of embedded links.

Autism Spectrum

  • Autism Awareness Australia
    ‘Our goal is simple : to improve the lives of all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them. We empower parents and carers with quality information and resources’.
  • Autism [HealthDirect]
    Links to multiple articles on various aspects of Autism from an overview, to diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and more. There are also related articles on Asperger’s syndrome and health and wellbeing apps.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Better Health, Victoria. Fact sheets.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact Sheet
    Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
  • Helping Children with Autism
    Raising Children Network. Learning about Autism, therapies, Teens and ASD, School and social life, videos, stories, more.
  • Help with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Disorders
    Extensive number of ‘Fact sheets to help parents’ including featured articles.
  • The Australian Autism Handbook
    ‘The essential resource guide for autism spectrum disorders’. Download or read online for free. Requires setting up a free account.
  • The Complete Autism Handbook
    ‘The essential resource guide for autism spectrum disorder in Australia and New Zealand. The Complete Autism Handbook offers guidance, expert advice and above all support to parents raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder’. Available in a number of formats. Order online.

Bipolar Disorder

Conduct Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Resources for Professionals

Tools, Techniques & Strategies

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Other Information

Australian Sites

International Sites

  • IRIS
    ‘Provides resources and tutorials on a wide variety of teaching methods and curriculum, including behaviour and classroom management’.Select the topic from the menu on the right. 89 inclusions at time of addition to this site. USA.
  • Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports
    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’. Their Publications listing is extensive.

Government Agencies & Bodies

State and federal and both agencies and government-related groups.

  • Ngala Parenting Line
    ‘Free Telephone Service providing information and advice for people caring for children and teenagers up to 18 years of age’.

Magazines & Journals

For all other educational journals, see the Updated !Education Journals page.

  • Attention Magazine
    Published by CHADD. Available online and in print. At least some articles are freely accessible.
  • Beyond Behaviour
    Table of Contents, but you need to be a member to access material.

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1. Behavioural and Emotional Disorders in Special Education. ThoughtCo : For Educators, 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 5 August 2017.

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