Many terms are used to describe emotional, behavioral or mental disorders. Currently, students with such disorders are categorized as having an emotional disturbance, which is defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as follows: "...a condition exhibiting one or more of the identifying characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child's educational performance. (Gallaudet University, 2014) Nonetheless, many school districts use different turns to categorized students with emotional and behavioral issues.
Research cannot prove this, but there are more males diagnosed with emotional disorders than females. When qualifying a child in public schools as having an emotional disturbance they must be assessed informally and formally. In order for a student to meet eligibility for this disorder, the team along with the parents must meet to see if the child meets one or more of the characteristics to qualify.
After students qualify IDEA requires that schools use specific procedures that can be documented to help educate students. Many students with emotional behavior disorders receive different types of instruction based on the setting they are educated. In addition, early intervention and positive support students require teacher led instructions, students receive peer-mediated instruction, and often the teacher and student develop a behavior contract. Although this is the typical setting students are served, some students have severe behaviors and emotions that need alternative placements to address their issues.
Parents of students that have been identified as having emotional and behavior disorders are faced with a lot of issues affecting this field. The main issue is the lack of mental health services. Most students that have emotional and behavior disorders parents do not have access to proper mental health. Many parents of students with mental health issue are low income. More than anything...