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Conduct Disorder with Fintan O'Regan

The SENDcast

Release Date: 01/18/2024

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Why is it that so little is known or mentioned about Conduct Disorder especially as terms such as ADHD and ODD are pretty much established in schools across the UK? Conduct Disorder is to some extent more specific in many of its symptoms than other behaviour terms and has been a constant in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

It’s as if we are afraid to talk about let alone diagnose it, so in this week’s episode, Fintan O’Regan joins Dale in the studio to shed light on the term ‘Conduct Disorder’ and why so little is talked about it.

During our discussion, Fintan gives an overview of Conduct Disorder, explaining its defining characteristics and the behaviours observed in school settings. Listen to hear valuable strategies to support pupils and gain insights into distinguishing between impulsive behaviours associated with ADHD and the calculated, premeditated actions associated with Conduct Disorder.

“The approach you would take for someone who's non premeditated versus someone who is premeditated is different”.

Fintan O’Regan, Behaviour and SEN Consultant


About Fintan O'Regan MA, PGCE BSc

Fintan was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.    

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the former Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and of the European ADHD Alliance.  

Fintan now works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers   with regards to providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues. 


Contact Fintan O'Regan



[email protected]


Useful Links

Understanding Conduct Disorder and Oppositional-Defiant Disorder

DSM-5 Changes: Implications for Child Serious Emotional Disturbance

American Psychiatric Association - Conduct Disorder 

O’Regan F (2006) Challenging Behaviours Teachers Pocketbooks 

O’Regan F (2006) Troubleshooting Challenging Behaviours 

O’Regan F (2018) Successfully Managing Children ADHD Second edition


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