Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Working with students who have emotional or behavioral disorders requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson will explore the issues faced by these students and will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.

Emotional & Behavioral Disorders

Most of us can relate to feeling down or blue at some point in our lives. Sometimes when our emotions are out of whack it is tough to complete our normal activities. We may do or say things that we wouldn't normally do. Imagine if you felt like this all the time!

What would it be like to be a student who struggled to control his or her emotions or behaviors? It would certainly make learning and succeeding in school tougher, wouldn't it? Emotional and behavioral disorders are developmental or cognitive impairments that prevent normal functioning. They can cause extreme disturbances in mood or behavior. Students who experience emotional or behavioral disturbances may have problems with education, social relationships, emotional balance, or physical health, and these students may require special education.

When a student is diagnosed with an emotional or behavioral disorder, he or she qualifies for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and this law entitles disabled students to a free and adequate education designed to meet their specific needs. Ten to fifteen percent of students are classified as disabled under this law as a result of emotional and behavioral disorders.

Let's take a closer look at the ways to determine if the student has a disorder and the different types of issues experienced by these students.

In the Classroom

Most students struggle with behavior or academics at some point in their education. How do we know if a behavior is isolated or if it is something more serious? There are few signs to look for in identifying emotional or behavioral disorders.

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