Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
“An Emotional Disorder refers to those psychological disorders that appear to affect the emotions (e.g. anxiety disorders or depressive disorders).” (Right Diagnosis, 2013) Emotional Disorders are considered a disability for many reasons. It is considered this because it alters the way a person acts and responds to different things. A person with an Emotional Disorder experience many things that are not common in most people without it. They experience extreme fatigue, depression, anxiety, poor appetite, weight loss, poor self-esteem, and nervousness.
“Behavior Disorders normally develop in children and adolescents.” (Behavioral Disorders, 2013) Student with Behavior disorders are normally aggressive, defiant, and hostile. These behaviors cause problems at home and at school and eventually break up any type of relationship. “Most children with a Behavioral Disorder normally end up suffering from depression.” (Behavioral Disorders, 2013) The causes of Behavioral Disorders are unknown but it could be linked to heredity. Families with mental health issues are prone to have kids with Behavioral Disorders. Parents, who drink, use drugs, or smoke during pregnancy has a higher chance of having kids with the disorder than parents who do not.
Children who are identified with a Behavioral Disorder carry out the same hostile, aggressive, and defiant behaviors for at least six months. These behaviors are entirely more severe and regular than peers their same age and grade level.
Children with Behavioral Disorders normally start having sex at an early age, lie, have tantrums, skip school, display rage, are hostile to family, friends, and teachers, use alcohol and drugs, destruct property, and steal. These are all negative signs that affect the student’s health and their educational status. The majority of these symptoms are life threatening or can cause harm to others.
Behavioral Disorders can be treated in many ways. Parents can seek help from Mental Health professionals. These professionals can offer counseling to these students. These students can also receive Anger Management courses that can help them deal with their rage and aggression. Both providers can help the student be less spontaneous and stick to a set schedule that will allow them to stay on task at both home and school. Visits to a regular doctor often are also important. The physician is able to monitor the student’s behaviors as well as prescribed the student with certain medications that will keep the student calm and less aggressive.
In order to help the student act in a fashion that is appropriate for both home and school teachers should take away or limit some of the privileges the student have until they can prove they are ready to handle them. Allow the student to make simple but concrete decisions such as what outfits they wear are some things that will help them learn responsibility. Parents and teachers should never ignore negative behaviors from these students. Instead they should explain to the student what they did wrong and others things they could have done instead of the negative behaviors. It is also important that parents and teachers set clear goals for these students. They have to include many details when given them direction so that they will know exactly what and not to do. When students with Behavioral Disorders complete task appropriately they should be rewarded. The rewards do not always have to be extrinsic. They can do things like praise them in front of the class or give them a pat on the back. Rewarding positive behaviors encourages more positive behaviors.
If students are not treated for a Behavioral Disorder many things can happen. The student can eventually start showing signs and began suffering from depression, Bi-polar Disorder, and Personality Disorders. These persons also have problems keeping jobs, maintaining relationships,
following rules and laws, and obeying authority. Persons without any treatment sometimes threaten suicide and abuse alcohol and drugs. It is important that persons who have Behavioral Disorders receive properly treatment as early as possible. The earlier the treatment the better the person is able to cope with the symptoms of the disorder. If treated properly students are provided with exercises or medications that keep them calm and able to function in the classroom and in society. Emotional and Behavioral Disorder
“Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) is a broad category which is used commonly in educational settings, to group a range of more specific perceived difficulties of children and adolescents.” Students with this combined disorder have trouble intellectually, building and keeping relationships, staying calm, and displaying positive behaviors. If they do not receive treatment they may suffer from depression, anxiety, and Bi-polar disease. Children with this disorder tend to lose interest in exciting activities and fall behind in school work. These students lose interest in lots of things and act as if they do not care about themselves or others. They act sad are rarely smile. They stay to themselves and rarely participate in classroom discussions. Students with this disorder tend to act out negatively in the classroom setting. They are aggressive to peers and adults. They have a hard time staying focused and they throw tantrums when they are unable to get things to go their way. Students are able to receive treatment that will help them cope with these symptoms. They can speak with a counselor or a physical doctor who will monitor their behaviors. A physical doctor is able to diagnose the student as well as give them proper medication to calm them down and allow them to focus while in the classroom and everyday life. There is no direct link to where these disorders come from but there are some ties to heredity, drinking alcohol and using drugs while pregnant. Doctors cannot really pinpoint exact cause but hopefully they will be able to soon. Treatment
Lots of parents and teachers are unaware of the symptoms cause by Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Until treatment is given students may now let up on the symptoms caused by the disorders. When a student is officially
diagnosed, treatment should begin. The sooner treatment is given the better off the student may be. Treatment includes counseling by a professional, suggestions by a doctor, or medication. These options are offered to parents in hopes of lessening the symptoms of the disorders. It is important that a student receives treatment. Some of the symptoms have students missing out on class time. If a student is not on task or out of the classroom they are missing out on valuable information. When they miss the fundamentals of each subject they are missing out on a lot of valuable information. They need this information to be fluent in all subjects and work on the correct grade level. Different treatments affect students in different ways. The main purpose is to calm the student down and even out their aggression so that they are able to function properly in the classroom setting. Education Team
The special education team created for this assignment is a regular education third grade teacher. This teacher was chosen because she is familiar with all four subjects. She has experience with both regular and special education students. She has completed the referral process for recommending student for special education and she deals with special education students throughout the day for inclusion. The special education teacher that was chosen was a self-contained LD teacher. She has many years of experience working with students with different Behavioral Disorders and several disabilities. She will be able to help me identify some of the symptoms caused by certain disorders as well as ways to deal with them. The administrator I choose for this team is the Master Teacher. She is very helpful to me because she is in charge of the school’s curriculum and ways to deliver each lesson. This is helpful because she can give me insight on ways to deliver lessons to students who have a short attention span. The parent was chosen with the help of the self-contained teacher. She chose a parent who has had a child in the special service department for several years. This parent is able to tell me ways to help the student cope with the symptoms from certain disorders. All members of my team agreed with my definitions for Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities. They all were eager to give me some symptoms for both disorders. They also encouraged me to make sure I express any concerns with administrators if I notice a student in my class who displays these symptoms. I think that my definitions and
information would be more distinct if I was able to include the exact causes of the disorders. Until doctors are able to pinpoint the exact cause my definitions are going to be incomplete. Conclusion
It is important for a student to be diagnosed and treated for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. These disorders may affect a student in many ways that may alter their grades and cause them to miss out on the valuable information. It is important for teachers to team up in order to find ways to reach students with these disorders.
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