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Emotional Disturbance Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. (1)

We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, behavioral disorders, or mental illness. Beneath these umbrella terms, there is actually a wide range of specific conditions that differ from one another in their characteristics and treatment. These include (but are not limited to):

  • anxiety disorders;
  • bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depression);
  • conduct disorders;
  • eating disorders;
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and
  • psychotic disorders. Read the rest of this entry →
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Working Together to Educate a Child with an Emotional Disability

May 9, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There appears to be a lot of misunderstanding about services and programs for children with emotional disabilities. Emotional disturbance is one of the disability categories that children can qualify for special education services under, according to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The following is the definition as it is written into the IDEA Regulations.

“Emotional disturbance means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics 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 and/or a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.” Read the rest of this entry →

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