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Serious Emotional Disturbance. Tyler Smith. Definition . Serious emotional disturbance is defined as follows: The term means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time, which affects a child’s educational performance:

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definition
Definition
  • Serious emotional disturbance is defined as follows: The term means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time, which affects a child’s educational performance:
  • A. An inability to learn that can’t be explained by intellectual , sensory, or health factors
  • B. An inability to build relationships with peers or teachers
  • C. Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances
  • D. A general mood of unhappiness or depression
  • E. A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
  • This term also includes schizophrenia
causes
Causes
  • Causes have not been determined.
  • Many factors include heredity, brain disorder, diet, stress, and family functioning have all been considered probable causes
  • Although research has not shown any of these to be direct cause of behavior or emotional problems
characteristics and behaviors
Characteristics and Behaviors
  • Hyperactivity (short attention span, impulsiveness)
  • Very aggressive (want to act and fight out their feelings)
  • Withdrawal ( no social interaction, excessive fear and anxiety)
  • Immaturity (snapping for no reason, crying, temper tantrums)
  • Learning Difficulties
  • ( academically performing below grade level) because their issues affect their school work
interesting facts
Interesting Facts
  • Up to one in 10 people may suffer from a serious emotional disturbance
  • However up to 70% of children do not receive mental health services, because its so hard to determine symptoms
  • Many of these adolescents commit suicide because they have no help, which is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 years and the sixth leading cause for 5-14 year olds
types of the disorder
Types of the disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mood disorders
  • Separation Anxiety disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • There are many more as well
serious cases of the disorder
Serious cases of the disorder
  • Children with the most serious disturbances may exhibit
    • Excessive anxiety
    • Bizarre motor acts
    • Abnormal mood swings
    • Some are even identified as having severe forms of psychosis or schizophrenia
differences between normal outbreaks and emotional disturbance
Differences between normal outbreaks and emotional disturbance
  • Many children may not have a disturbance but many display these behaviors at various times during development
  • However, when children have an emotional disturbance, these behaviors continue over long periods of time.
  • As they get older, it only gets worse as well
educational implications
Educational Implications
  • Educational programs for children with a disturbance needs to include attention to providing emotional and behavioral support as well as helping them to master academics, develop social skills, and increase self-awareness, self-control, and self-esteem.
  • Make sure IEP is appropriate, and they are allowed to include psychological or counseling services.
references
References
  • Dunn, J. M. & Leitschuh, C. A. (2006). Special physical education (8th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
  • Grotevant, H. D., McRoy, R. G., & Zurcher Jr., L. A. (1988). Emotional disturbance in adopted adolescents: Origins and development. New York, NY:Praeger.