Monday, December 10, 2007

Behavior Disordered or Emotionally disabled

Behavior Disordered or Emotionally disabled
Definition: A disability that is characterized by behavioral or emotional responses in school programs so different from appropriate age, cultural or ethnic norms that the responses adversely affect educational performance, including academic, social, vocational and personal skills: is more than a temporary, expected response to stressful events in the environment; consistently exhibited in two different settings, at least one of which is school-related: and unresponsive to direct interventions applied in general education, or the condition of the child is such that general education interventions would be insufficient.
Conduct disorder – physical aggression, difficulty in controlling anger, open disobedience and oppositionality
Socialized aggression – display Conduct disorders in the company of others and may include stealing, substance abuse, truancy, gang member ship and lying.
Attention problems/immaturity - short attention span, diminished concentration, distractability, impulsivity, passivity, undependability, childishness
Anxiety/Withdrawal – poor self-confidence and poor self-esteem, hypersensitivity to criticism and rejection, generalized fearfulness and anxiety, fear of failure
Psychotic behavior – speech disturbance, bizarre ideation, delusions, and impaired realty testing
Motor tension excess – restlessness, tension,
Typically score in the low-average range in measures of intelligence
30-50% also have learning disabilities
Difficulty in building and maintaining satisfactory relationships with peers and adults.
Stick to the schedule and post the schedule on the wall
Create a structured classroom – use visual cues such as labeling, centers, dividers, private areas, direct supervision
Transition management – keep transitions to a minimum and keep them safe and structured. Keep student in positive peer group or by teacher during lines, lunch room and recess
Model and role play positive peer interactions
Catch the student being good
Have a meaningful token economic system for the child
Keep the rules of the classroom fair, applicable to all, enforced and consistent
Keep instructions clear and simple.
Keep the classroom safe and free from bullies, harassment and teasing
Keep communication line open with family

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