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Former Teacher Publishes New Guide to Help Those in the Profession

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A former primary school teacher has launched a new book to give teachers advice and guidance when helping children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and communication difficulties.

The book, Thinking Skills Special Needs: ADHD and communication difficulties, is the second teaching aide written by Dr Linda Wheeler, who completed her undergraduate degree, PGCE, Masters and PhD at the University of Worcester.

Published by Hopscotch Books, it is part of a series of books for teachers. Dr Wheeler’s book is specifically designed to stimulate and develop thinking skills in children who display characteristics associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or communication difficulties in primary school settings.

It contains lesson plans and activity sheets, and Special Educational Needs (SEN) focus sections for the most effective teaching approaches.

Dr Wheeler, an independent educational consultant and associate staff member at the University, said: “I was approached to write this book after the publication of my first book, The ADHD Toolkit, which was based on my PhD research.

“It’s wonderful to be asked to contribute further to the training of teachers in this important area and to ensure all children receive the best education possible.”

She added: “This is a practical book which would appeal more to Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) or inexperienced teachers working with children with special educational needs.

“Each lesson has got a highlighted SEN focus and some lessons have activity sheets as well to help teachers.”