emotional behavioral disorders

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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9 thoughts on “Emotional Behavioral Disorder: Accommodations and Modifications

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  2. Jessica kepley says:

    My son is having a hard time with the school.
    He is getting in trouble for thang like talking in the hallway in between classes.
    AND talking to the teacher about different things thanks they are sapost to be doing.
    They tell him to stop being a smart butt and get back to work.
    AND then they keep him in a classroom the rest of the day away from the other people and it brings out the nudes .
    DO I have any right ‘s as a mother to stop what there doing to him with his disorder or is Just a lost cause.
    Or just home school him

    • Gwen says:

      Well respect is a two-way street so that is very sad to hear. Has the school formally assessed your child? Does he have an IEP? If not, you might want to request something in writing. This would go to the school psychologist. It would also help the school, and in getting help, if you provided them with any outside assessments that you have already received.

      If you have an IEP, I would re-meet with the team. This would be a great place to discuss any issues that are going on, so that a better plan for your son’s success can be put in place.

    • Michelle says:

      Use an educational advocate. They will help you through the process of assessing your child’s needs and the environment that he is in. Additionally, make sure you are emailing your concerns as much as possible, so you have documentation of the attempts to correct any situations. Best of luck to you.

    • Gwen says:

      Sorry to hear you are having a difficult time right now. Hopefully things start to ease up a bit, and you can find some local supports.

  3. Lizzie says:

    I think you have several great ACCOMMODATIONS, mot modifications. Accommodations only change how a child is learning and does not change the difficulty. often time accommodations are given to any child who needs it. MODIFICATIONS change what a child is learning- this is either a simplifications of what his/her peers are learning, different homework, and changing difficulty of assignments.

    great accommodations!

    • Gwen says:

      Great point! Sorry if all of the IEP technical terms are not correct. If they are goals, like some of the areas state then that normally goes beyond an accommodation. Either way though feel free to use the suggestions according to your personal needs.

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