Denise H. McDonald
Instructor: Dr. Phyllis Ailes
Challenges of Teaching Students with EBD
There are two definitions that I will discuss for emotional behavior disorder. The first one is the definition that the federal law said it was. The federal law described emotional behavior disorder as a condition that several of the characteristics are exhibited over a long period of time and it does have a affect on the educational performance which are the following: a). An inability to learn that can’t be explained by intellectual, sensory, and health factors. b). An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationship with peers and teachers. c). Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances. d). A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression. e).A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems. ( IDEA Regulations, 34 C.F.R 300.8 ( c) (4)).
There is also an alternative definition for emotional behavior disorder. This definition was advocated by the Mental Health and Special Education Coalition in 1990. They felt like there should be a change in the definition because it was too harsh. But the definition needed to be easy to understand and to fit the disability. There definition simply stated that basically the same things that I had mentioned above. Emotional behavior disorder is a disability that is characterized by behavioral or emotional responses in school programs so different from appropriate age, cultural, norms that the responses adversely affect educational performance which include: academic, social, personal skills; 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 intervention applied in general education, or the condition of a child is such that general education interventions would be...