December 15, 2013
Emotional, Behavioral, and Physical Disabilities
Students with emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries are in every school. Students that have emotional and behavioral disorders look just like every other ‘normal’ students. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) emotional disturbance is defined as a condition exhibiting one or more characteristics over a long period of time that affects their education performance. Children with emotional disorders are unable to show proper behavior, maintain healthy relationships, and suffer from ...view middle of the document...
Instead of the student getting up from his seat or yelling out, they will have to raise their hand whenever they need any type of help. The “Golden Rule”, treat other how you would want to be treated by them is a great rule for a classroom to help foster an environment of support and caring. Help students resolve issues that they have peacefully and without out inappropriate behaviors. A few teaching strategies for students with physical disabilities are to learn what safety precautions that you will need to make to make sure they are able to have full participation within the classroom. Learning what types of devices are need to help them better be able to participate in things such as projects and field trips. Students with health impairments can be given more time on their assignment, a different assignment, more help on the assignment to help them complete the assignment. Teachers need to plan assignments and activities in advance to help these students with health impairments to get organized and allow more time to finish their assignment more successfully. There are many teaching strategies for students with traumatic brain injuries. Allow students to divide their assignment into sections, have students summarize information and repeat it, having the schedule written so that the students can see their daily routine, have the students repeat the steps of the assignment either written or orally to the teacher or another student.
Self-esteem is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a “feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities”. To nurture the self-esteem of students with emotional and behavior disorders, physical and health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries I would help each student feel special. These students with these types disorders are already ‘labeled’ and I want to help them know that they are able to accomplish great things, not only in school, but life as well. Encouragement is a great motivator for self-esteem. Giving these students encouragement and praise when they accomplish any type of task that is normally difficult for them.
Students that are not consider ‘special needs’ need to know about the disability and what it entails. Students without disabilities need to be able to understand what the disability is so they can respond to their classmate(s). They need to understand that these students need extra help sometimes and that we support each and every student in our classroom, no matter what. This is where the ‘Golden Rule’ comes into play. These students may be different than them, but aren’t we all different in our own way.
I have attended many IEP meeting with a student that has a behavioral disorder. I have a five and a half year old son, who is in Kindergarten and has had...