Emotional Disturbance

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Emotional Disturbance





A condition exhibiting one or more of the followingcharacteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child's educational performance: *An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors *An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers *Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances *A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression *A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems

Parent Center Hub

Emotional Disturbance includes (but is not limited to): *Anxiety Disorders *Bipolar Disorders *Conduct Disorders *Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders *Psychotic DisordersCharacteristics and behaviors include: *Hyperactivity *Aggression or self-injurious behavior *Immaturity *Learning Difficulties Serious Emotional Disturbance may exhibit: *Distorted thinking, bizzare motor acts, and abnormal mood swings

*Engage in lively class discussion to appropriately channel excess distractibility or hyperactivity *Seat student in close proximity to teacher *Explicitly teach test-taking and organizational strategies *Clearly distinguish time, place, and expectations during activities *Teach appropriate emotion labeling

Instructional Implications


*Two objectives of instruction: (1) controlling misbehavior (2) teaching students in the academic and social skills they need *Continuous assessment and progess monitoring *Practice new skills *Explicit, focused instruction about whom and what to imitate *How to manage feelings and behavior Discipline: *Determining whether behavior is a manifestation of disability *Provide alternative placement for student removal is necessary *Develop positive, proactive behavior intervention plan


*Ensure students are challanged and capable of succeeding *Predict, modify, or avoid situations in which the student may encounter problems Maintaining Student Engagement: *Keeping lesson clear, delivering lessons in lively manner, using concrete vocal and succinct sentences, modeling cognitive strategies, giving immediate encouragement, using meaningful materials, modeling enthuasium, breaking presentations into shorter segments, extendending task time, allowing students to make choice, implementing technology, and using hands on activities


*Support student inclusion *Group work, cooperative learning activities, peer interaction and team projects *Recognize accomplishments *Point system with easy pay off *Encourage organization and routine *Visual cues for transition steps

Educational Education

*Set up models for tolerance and acceptance*Provide opportunities for students to assume class responsibilities *Use positive comments not punitive measures*Use self-monitoring checklists that students can use to check off activities as they complete them

Additional Resources:*Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports 5262 University of Oregon pbis@oregon.uregon.edu www.pbis.org*Council for Exceptional Children 110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300 service@cec.sped.org www.cec.sped.org*Anxiety Support Group 10090 Garrison St. Westminister, CO www.mfosterlpc.com*Conduct Disorder Parent Groups www.conductdisorders.com

Resources:http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view p/,root,regs,300,A,300%252E8,c,4,i,http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/emotionaldisturbance/http://do@learn.com/disabilities/CharacteristicsAndStrategies/EmotionalDisturbanceStrategies.htmlhttp://cecp.air.org/aftneap.dfhttp://elementaryemotionaldisturbance.weebly.com/for-teachers.htmlhttp://www.education.com/reference/article/emotional-disturbanceHallahan, D., Kauffman, J., & Pullen, P. (2015). Exceptional learners: An introduction to special education (13th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Eduation.


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