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Emotional Behavioral Disorder: Accommodations and Modifications

The following is a list of needs and modifications to help a child with an emotional behavioral disorder, EBD, find success in all environments.

Need 1:

Kids with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder may have difficulty establishing a variety of relationships


  • Set up goals aimed at social interactions
  • Use role-playing situations
  • Use seating arrangement to encourage social interaction.

Need 2:

Children with an emotional behavioral disorder often have skewed views of their long term possibilities and desires


  • Include students with EBD in the planning process and IEP, so they can visual and voice their goals.
  • It can also help for them to note the goals it will take to get there.

Need 3:

Children with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder are often achieving academically below their non-disabled peers in reading, writing, and arithmetic.


  • Set up personalized goals and strategies, so that the child can find success.
  • Early detection and intervention is the best strategy
  • Children with Emotional Behavior Disorders may present extra challenges to caregiver in forms of outbursts and disobedience. The caregiver cannot give into this as it only validates the child’s behavior. Instead caregiver needs to challenge students to keep them learning new skills

Need 4:

Children with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder may appear easily distracted, less attentive, and have poor concentration


  • Set clear rules and expectations with visual stimulating material.
  • By setting up an environment and materials that are stimulating, children can stay more engaged and interested.

Need 5:

Children with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder may be dishonest, blame others, manipulate situations, and bully others


  • Clearly post rules
  • Stay consistent in expectations
  • Set limits and Boundaries
  • Use behavior contracts
  • Use a highly structured environment
  • Develop a cue word for the child to note inappropriate behavior

Need 6:

Students with Emotional Behavioral disorders are often truant from school and disruptive when present


  • Communicate with parents, so similar strategies and expectations are used at home

Need 7:

Kids with an Emotional Behavioral Disorder often have low-self esteem, high stress points, and may engage in self-injurious behaviors


  • Establish a quiet cool off area
  • Teach self-talk to relieve stress and anxiety
  • Teach and put in place self-monitoring and self-control techniques
  • Provide time for relaxation techniques
  • Be aware of your speech and non-verbal cues when talking to the student
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Challenges of Those with an Emotional Disability

There are many issues that arise while working with children an emotional disability, but these children are a part of the classroom and our lives, so it is important to come up with a plan for success. Children with an emotional disability are individuals like all children, so each child will be different and should be treated as such. It is important to evaluate the individual child and come up with the best game plan.

Some issues to look for can be:

  • impulsive behaviors
  • irrational decision making
  • poor social skills
  • blurting out inappropriate comments
  • lack of attention in children with emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • not easily being able to transition from one activity to another
  • yelling instead of talking
  • use of inappropriate language like swear words
  • unable to sit still can often be found in children with emotional and behavioral disorders
  • staying on task
  • rude/crude behaviors and actions toward others and themselves
  • tunnel vision fixation

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In order to help these children succeed, try:

  • Use of good multidisciplinary techniques can get help children overcome these behaviors
  • have children work with their peers to come up with a game plan and hear new ideas
  • behavior point system with reward
  • time out room if needed
  • constant praise to reinforce good behavior
  • make goals minimal so they can feel success
  • basic pacing of activities
  • one to two step directions

Children with an emotional disability can have difficulty in school and at home. By using a couple of the techniques listed above, children can get the help necessary to succeed within the classroom and home environments.


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Dance Therapy: Helping Individuals Connect

Educational Purpose of Dance Therapy:

  • Promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development
  • Improve mental health through a healthy body
  • Increase self-discipline, cooperation, and confidence
  • Develop cultural understanding

Activities of Dance Therapy:

  • This is used for self-expression, communication, and group interaction
  • The teacher needs an understanding of (not a mastery in) energy, weight, time, tension, space, and flow
  • Children will need an open area to dance in as well as comfortable clothes to move around in. To accommodate this in the classroom, a limited number of children can dance while others engage in a related activity
  • Ask “what” questions that evoke the children interpretation


  • Muscle tension and rigid movements can be a sign of stress and emotional triggers by physically getting these out it will help the mental state
  • Teachers can grade how this technique is working by student’s cooperation and how the class dynamics are before and after

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Definition of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

A chronic condition where the emotional and behavioral responses differ from age, cultural, or ethnic norms to such a degree that educational performance is adversely affected.

Causes of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

There is a wide range of suspected causes for Behavioral and Emotional discords. They include biological disorders like abnormal brain growth or injury to the brain, genetic link to the disorder, or a biological temperament that predisposes the child to Behavioral and Emotional discords or the disorder could be caused by more Environmental factors.

Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Emotional and behavioral disorders can be exhibited in out burst or other destructive external actions. They can also be internal, such as eating disorders, depression, or other self-destructive behaviors.

Schooling for Those with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

When a child has emotional and behavioral disorders, they normally spend part of the day in a regular classroom and the other with a resource teacher or self-contained classroom. It is important for all of their teachers to be on the same page, so that the child has a clear distinction of right and wrong and the consequences and rewards that will come of each. Often it is ideal for a school to have a school wide positive reinforcement system. These often provide clearly defined rules and consequence punishments. Another good strategy for teachers is to implement self-management teaching programs, such as self-monitoring and self-evaluation. By children learning to monitor themselves, they can learn to control their behavior and emotions. Often peer mediation and support can help a child learn appropriate social skills as they learn to work with one another. It is important for children with emotional and behavioral disorders to learn to cooperate, manage stress, control anger, handle name-calling, and problem solve . With all of these added expectations for a teacher to convey to a child with emotional and behavioral problem, it is also important that the teacher continually challenge children academically, so that they do not fall behind and can become more confident in their academic abilities.

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The Facts

Autism a disorder that effects nearly 6 out of every 1,000 children with boys 4 times more likely than girls to be effected. It appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain’s social and communicative development. There is still much unknown about autism, but genetics seem to play a big role. There are many things over the years that have been rumored to contribute to Autism. They include:

  • Vaccines: again there is no proven correlation, but if you are worried about your child, all routine childhood vaccines are available in single-dose, mercury free formulas
  • Diet: gluten free or other allergies are sometimes thought to relate. Sometimes people have also thought inability of the body to properly use vitamins and minerals or digestive tract changes

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Here’s a video on how Autism works from someone effected…

 Signs of Autism

If you are worried about autism and your child, here are some signs to look for:

  • Babbling by age one
  • Pretend Play around 2-3 years old
  • Single words by 16 months and two-word phrases by 24 months
  • Poor Eye Contact
  • Responsiveness to name
  • Any regression in development

If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor and find a developmental pediatrician.


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