Issue #47: Working with the Child with an Emotional Disturbance in the Classroom
This issue of NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities series will cover the following topic:
Working with the Child with an Emotional Disturbance in the Classroom
What is Emotional Disturbance?
A student can be defined as having an emotionally disability if he/she exhibits certain behavior patterns to a marked extent and over a prolonged period of time. Such patterns may include:
• An inability to learn on a consistent basis which cannot be explained by intellectual capability, hearing and vision status, and physical health anomalies.
• An inability or unwillingness to develop or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers, teachers, parents, or other adults.
· Extreme over-reactions to minimally stressful situations over a prolonged period of time.
· A general pervasive mood of sadness or depression.
· A tendency to develop somatic complaints, pains or excessive fears associated with home, school or social situations.
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