TEACHING TOUGH KIDS
'The truth behind ADHD and how to best manage it'
Based on TEACHING TOUGH KIDS, winner of the UK's international NASEN awards in the category - 'Best Book to Promote Professional Development' (2011). It was judged as humane, innovative, practical and inspiring.
A half-day presentation - can be adapted
To have Mark present to your school or organisation email or phone
A download link to a PowerPoint file is coming.
"Welcome to a session tailored to provide educators with the most up to date information about ADHD and ADD. These conditions - almost perfectly - help to emphasise the serious impact of poor executive functioning. To make any difference for these students, our work with them needs to begin 'in the understanding' because, their core processing differences actually define how they 'think', how they 'behave' and who they are."
Mark Le Messurier
Mark's TOUGH KIDS comprise a group who are essentially challenged by poor executive functioning.
Executive functioning affects the various higher level complex mental processes. As educators, we are acutely aware how students struggle when they lack the facility to listen and filter out distractions, process new information, follow directions, get started, persist, adapt to changes in routine, keep track of time and multi-task. With a scarcity of this valuable personal resource it is difficult to delay gratification, strategically plan, self-regulate emotion and behaviour and retrieve information stored within memory that would be helpful at the moment it's required. Poor executive function is associated with a number of developmental problems, psychological disorders and disabilities; ADHD, ADD, Asperger syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, etc. In recent times another group of children with executive functioning difficulties have begun to emerge, and you may know a few of them. These are the kids who have endured disadvantage, neglect, stress or uncertainty. They display the classic symptoms of hyperactivity, hyper vigilance and impulsive behaviours. Does this sound like a student you may know?
The session will also be filled with a contemporary collection of practical and therapeutic ideas to enhance the life chances of students identified with ADHD and ADD who come our way. Ideas to; talk, listen and exchange thoughts, make plans and set goals, assist with organisation, promote self-esteem and friendship development, deliver thoughtful feedback, create 'change', celebrate achievement and show care.
Mark argues that by recognising the TOUGH KIDS and finding ways to work more successfully with them we will reach many more kids, and schools will become better communities for everyone. He believes that our best work is done inside relationships with kids and families. It is all about what happens, behind closed doors, in the private world between a teacher and child.