Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Can be defined as behaviors that are inappropriate for the circumstances such as aggression, pervasive mood disorders that affect a child's educational performance unfavorably and cannot be explained by intelligence, sensory or health factors. 
Wikipedia defines Emotional Behavior Disorder (EBD) as  "a broad category which is used commonly in educational settings, to group a range of more specific perceived difficulties of children and adolescents. Both general definitions as well as concrete diagnosis of EBD may be controversial as the observed behavior may depend on many factors."

Common Terms that fall under EBD:
ADHD- Attention Deficiet Hyperactivity Disorder
ADD- Attention Deficiet Disorder
ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
CD- Conduct Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Learning Disorders
Eating Disorders

*  inability to learn with no reason to validate
*  inability to build or maintain positive relationships
*  Inappropriate feelings or behaviors based on surrounding circumstances
*  a mood of unhappiness or depression that is ongoing
*  tendancy to develop fears and physical maladys associated with school problems or personal problems

As Educators What can we Do?
1.  Include the student in the general education classroom where they can observe appropriate behaviors
2.  Give clear direct instruction
3.  Have clear rules defined and posted in the classroom
4.  Clear list of consequences for misbehavior or breaking of the rules posted in classroom
5.  Adjust teaching style to reach student
6.  Acknowledge strengths and positives within the class
7.  Collaborate with the student a plan for their success in the classroom

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