Emotional Disturbance

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Emotional Disturbance

General Symptoms and Characteristics

Fast Facts

Emotional Disturbance

*Hyperactivity (short attention span, impulsiveness);*Aggression or self-injurious behavior (acting out, fighting);*Withdrawal (not interacting socially with others, excessive fear or anxiety);*Immaturity (inappropriate crying, temper tantrums, poor coping skills); and*Learning difficulties (academically performing below grade level).*Children with the most serious emotional disturbances may exhibit distorted thinking, excessive anxiety, bizarre motor acts, and abnormal mood swings.

IDEA Definition

"a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance". The characteristics include:-inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors -inability to develop and keep appropriate, satisfactory social relationships with family, peers, and adults in the school system-inappropriate behavior or feelings in response to normal situations-a pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression -a tendency to develop negative physical symptoms or fears related to personal or school problems.

Instructional Strategies

-Make sure the overall classroom atmosphere is positive, not punitive. -Maintain a positive relationship with students by responding to them as human beings, rather than responding simply to their overt behavior-Use positive comments frequently to reinforce good behavior -Use behavioral contracts with students with emotional disabilities.-Provide short, manageable tasks-Follow through on everything-Be willing to modify classroom expectations and homework-Have students demonstrate verbally their understanding of directions/expectations-Provide mini breaks between lessons-Allow for peer-tutoring-Individualize work assignments-Have a structured classroom environment

*Students with emotional and behavior disorders are often impulsive, easily distracted, and have ADHD**Studies show that there are probably more students who require services for emotional disturbance than those who are actually being served. Boys that are classified as emotionally disturbed outnumber girls 3.5 to 1**Students classified with emotional disturbance must meet specific criteria for an extended time**Having "emotional disturbance" is not always the same as having emotional or behavioral disorders* *Emotional disturbance is a specific label provided by schools that make a student eligible for special education services and protection under IDEA* *A student with an emotional or behavioral disorder may not necessarily qualify for services under the emotional disturbance category*

ResourcesMastropieri, M., & Scruggs, T. (2010, July 20). Emotional Disturbance | Education.com. Education.com | An Education & Child Development Site for Parents | Parenting & Educational Resource. Retrieved July 19, 2013, from http://www.education.com/reference/article/emotional-disturbanceEmotional Disturbance — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. (n.d.). National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities —. Retrieved July 19, 2013, from http://nichcy.org/disability/specific/emotionaldisturbance#char

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