Characteristics of an Emotionally Disabled Student As Seen by the Public School System
If a child has an emotional behavior problem and it is associated with a mental illness or a mental condition, the term used today is emotionally disabled or emotionally disturbed. This label not only identifies the child of having some sort of mental condition but it is puts a negative twist on what the child can achieve both educationally and socially.
The educational expectations that one would put on a child with an emotional disability is less then one that would be put on a child with a learning disability or a physical disability. Mainstream teachers usually do not understand that the emotional disturbance is a disability and that they need to find new ways in dealing with the disability and learn to teach the child in a method that is more conducive to their learning style and their abilities to handle stress.
One of the criteria that most public schools uses to label a child emotionally disabled is that the child has the inability to learn that cannot be explained in a reasonable, physical, or intellectual fashion. The behavior that the child displays as a result of either the inability to handle social situations, peer interactions, our teacher student relationships usually associated with defiance. This type of student cannot problem solve without becoming angry, aggressive, at at times demonstrating acting out behaviors.
Though these acting out behaviors are seen as defiance or antisocial behavior by most mainstream teachers and other educational professionals, special education teachers are trained to recognize these traits and characteristics and to realign the educational goals for the child so that they may be successful and learn the standards set by the state or district.