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Characteristics of students with behavior and learning problems

Characteristics of Students with Behavior and Learning Problems

Chapter 4

Etiologies of bd ld mmr

Etiologies of BD/LD/MMR

  • Biology: influences the neural, chemical, and functional aspects of the body.

    • Accounts for traits and conditions which are hereditary.

    • Are transmitted to the child from the mother and the father.

    • Examples of hereditary: schizophrenia, depression, and temperament.

Biological influences

Biological Influences

  • Birth

    • Prenatal: maternal drug/alcohol use, disease, maternal poor nutrition

    • Perinatal: brain damage from anoxia

    • Postnatal: brain damage from accident or shaken severely, lead poisoning,and encephalitis

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Etiologies of BD/LD/MMR

  • Environmental Influences

    • Culture

    • Home: parenting styles

    • School: behavioral learning

    • Peers: social learning

Classification systems


Classification based on IDEA categories

Educational performance must be adversely impacted

Definitions at federal level: states adapt


Classification based on DSM-IV

Medical and Mental Health Professionals make diagnosis

DSM-IV diagnosis does not = qualification for special education in all cases

Classification Systems

Characteristics of students with behavior and learning problems


  • DSM-IV diagnosis

  • Prevalence = approx. 5%

  • Different categories

    • Inattentive

    • Hyperactive/Impulsive

    • Combined: inattentive and hyperactive

Characteristics of students with behavior and learning problems


Minimal Brain Dysfunction (MBD) historically

Current hypotheses:

chemical imbalance

genetic predisposition

neurotransmitter difficulties

No definitive cause: continued debate


diagnosed by a doctor, psychiatrist

may use:

behavioral checklists

parent & teacher reports



Disturbance idea emotional

Disturbance: IDEA Emotional

  • (i) a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, which adversely affects educational performance

    • an inability to learn which cannot be explained by other factors

    • an inability to build or maintain interpersonal relations

    • inappropriate types of feelings under normal circumstances

    • general pervasive mood or unhappiness or depression

    • tendency to develop physical symptoms related to personal or school problems

    • (ii) Does not include children who are schizophrenic or socially maladjusted, unless also SED

Internalizing disorders

Internalizing Disorders

  • Anxiety - Withdrawal

    • generalized anxiety

    • phobias

    • OCD

    • panic attacks

    • anorexia, bulimia

    • depression

Internalizing behavior

Internalizing Behavior

  • Psychotic behavior

    • hallucinations

    • delusions

      • schizophrenia

      • schizotypal (personality disorder)

External disorders

Undersocialized Aggressive CD


Attention Problems - Immaturity

Motor Excess

unaware of behavioral expectations

Socialized Aggressive CD

Socialized delinquency

gang involvement


“looks up to other rule violators

aware of behavioral expectations; covert attempts

External Disorders

Autism idea

Autism: IDEA

  • Definition: a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age 3 that adversely affects educational performance . Other characteristics associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or changes in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences. The term does not apply if a child’s educational performance is adversely affected primarily because the child has a serious emotional disturbance.

Autism dsm iv

Autism: DSM-IV

  • Under: Pervasive Developmental Disorder with Rett Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome

  • Characteristics

    • Range = mild to severe

    • Communication impairments

    • Relational impairments

    • Lack of fear

    • Perseveration

    • Self-stimulation & SIB



Historically = product of a cold, uncaring, “refrigerator mother”

Currently = attributed to a neurological dysfunction or difference present at birth


IQ assessed: 60% below 50, 20% = 50-70, 20% above 70

Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)


Learning disabilities idea

Learning Disabilities: IDEA

  • Specific Learning Disabilities means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations. The term includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. The term does not apply to children who have learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.

Characteristics of sld

Characteristics of SLD

  • Average or above average intelligence

  • Discrepancies in their ability to perform skills - inconsistent

  • Difficulty learning to read and write

  • Seem less mature than peers

  • Difficulty speaking, fumbles with words

  • Works slowly on papers, often performs many errors

Characteristics of sld cont

Characteristics of SLD Cont.

  • Difficulty taking notes

  • Poor handwriting

  • Poor organization of schoolwork

  • Poor short/long term memory

  • Do not achieve to the expectations of parents and teachers

  • Can hear, but not understand what they hear (auditory perceptual problems)

  • Can see, but not make sense of what they see (visual perceptual problems

  • Understands more, than they write or express

Seven specific areas of sld

Seven Specific Areas of SLD

  • Oral Expression

  • Listening Comprehension

  • Written Expression

  • Basic Reading Skills

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Mathematics Calculation

  • Mathematics Reasoning

Assessment for ld

Assessment for LD

  • IQ tests: WISC III, Stanford-Binet IV, Kaufman Assessment Battery (p.68)

  • Achievement tests: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery

  • Processing deficit: teacher report, TAPS, TVPS

    • In GA. For eligibility must have:

      • processing deficit; adverse ed. impact

      • average IQ (generally 80 or above)

      • severe discrepancy between IQ and Achievement (a difference of 20 or more points)

Mental retardation

Mental Retardation

  • Definition by IDEA: Mental retardation means a significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period that adversely affects a child’s educational performance

    • Significantly subaverage intellectual functioning is defined as 2 standard deviations below the mean of an individualized IQ test. For example, the Mean of the WISC-III = 100 and a SD=15 points. A score of less than 70 is 2 SD.

Mmr characteristics

MMR Characteristics

  • Significantly subaverage IQ

  • Adaptive deficits

    • communication, home living, self-care,work, leisure

  • Lack of mediational strategies

  • Poor short and long term memory

  • Lack of generalization of skills

  • Poor communication skills

  • Poor attention skills

  • Lacks external locus of control & fear of failure

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Defined as: an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. The term applies to open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, such as cognition; language; memory; attention; reasoning; abstract thinking; judgement; problem solving; sensory,perceptual, and motor abilities; psychosocial behavior; physical functions; information processing; and speech. The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Two types

    • closed head injury = no puncture to the skull (eg. shaken baby syndrome)

    • open head injury = puncture to the skull (eg. gunshot)

  • Characteristics

    • loss of consciousness

    • fine and gross motor problems

    • memory deficits

  • Etiology = 1st accidents, 2nd sports, 3rd violence/abuse

    • most common in males before age 10 or between 15-24 yrs.

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