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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