Behavior Disorders



VIDEO (ADD IF YOU LIKE)Behavioral Disorders in Children


1. How to accommodate the needs of the students?
1. Inclusive classroom environment
- In group activities, acknowledge the contributions of the student with a behavioral disorder.
-Treat the student with the behavioral disorder as an individual who is deserving of respect and consideration.
-Expose students with behavioral disorders to other students who demonstrate the appropriate behaviors.

2.Positive reinforcement
-Provide encouragement.
-Reward more than you punish, in order to build self-esteem.
-Encourage others to be friendly with students who have emotional disorders

3.Consistent and not harsh rules
-Use time-out sessions to cool off disruptive behavior and as a break if the student needs one for a disability-related reason.
-Have pre-established consequences for misbehavior.
-Enforce classroom rules consistently.
-Develop a schedule for applying positive reinforcement in all educational environments.

4. Sensitive and warm interaction
-Determine whether the student is on medication, what the schedule is, and what the medication effects may be on his or her in class demeanor with and without medication. Then adjust teaching strategies accordingly.
-As a teacher, you should be patient, sensitive, a good listener, fair and consistent in your treatment of students with behavioral disorders.
-When appropriate, seek input from the student about their strengths, weaknesses and goals.
-Devise a contingency plan with the student in which inappropriate forms of response are replaced by appropriate ones.
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2. What are some teacher assessments that can be use?

Among the characteristics of a behavioral disorder among children and adolescents are:

  • Initiation of aggressive behavior and reacting aggressively towards others.
  • A display of bullying, threatening, or intimidating behavior.
  • Being physically abusive of others.
  • Deliberate destruction of other's property.
  • Showing little empathy and concern for the feelings, wishes, and well being of others.
  • Showing callous behavior towards others and lack of feelings of guilt or remorse.
  • They may readily inform on their companions and tend to blame others for their own misdeeds.

If you, as a teacher, see signs of a problem consistently, ask for help.
There are two major assessment tools used for behavior disorders: BASC-2 and Peabody.
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Activity For students with Behavioral Problems
Activity 1
An option that help students who have behavioral problems in the classroom is to assign them responsibilities in order to distract them from negative behaviors. Some are but not limited to
Peer Tutoring
Class Leader
Line Leader
Teacher’s Assistant
Lead Reader
Activity 2
Other Activities to try is to have students write about their feeling or other things that may cause their behaviors to happen. Some examples would be to write a letter to themselves or the person they hurt, or to write on their journal