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Emotional and Behavioral Problems
A Handbook for Understanding and Handling Students



© 2002 | 256 pages | Corwin

"This book is an excellent overview of a very complex area. It is a useful guide to identifying and treating children with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD), and is particularly outstanding on topics related to the educational system and the numerous laws and policies surrounding the education of EBD children. This book will serve the field well."
Krista Kutash, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute
Tampa, FL

"This serves as a great resource for educators who want to know more about youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. I know I will draw from it in the future to orient new staff working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth."
Mary F. Sinclair, Ph.D., Institute on Community Integration, College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Finally! A straightforward, practical guide to help you identify, evaluate, and aid students with emotional and behavioral problems.

The authors take a complex, under-discussed topic and give teachers and administrators useful, basic guidelines they can put to use quickly in understanding, identifying, and helping this group of students.

This well-organized, easy-to-follow handbook features:

  • Definitions and causes of emotional and behavioral problems
  • Concrete examples of diagnostic and assessment methods
  • Detailed management programs for treating emotionally and behaviorally challenged students
  • Resource lists for both professionals and parents

In Part One, educators will find clear, invaluable information about recognizing the major types and causes of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), evaluating students with EBD, as well effectively handling aggressive and violent behaviors in EBD students.

Part Two offers practical help in treating students, including chapters on school-based placement, the role of medications in treatment, and the joint roles the family and teacher must take to help the student

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part One: Understanding Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
 
1: Introduction to Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Disorders
By Any Other Name: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  
Possible Causes of Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Disorders  
Incidence  
Serious Emotional Disturbance or Behavioral Disorders or EBD: What's the Difference?  
How Professionals View Labels  
Identification of EBD  
Behaviors That Fit Into Educational Stages  
Characteristics of Emotionally Disturbed or Behaviorally Disordered Children and Youth  
Summary  
 
2. Major Types of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Externalizing Behaviors  
Internalizing Behaviors  
Function Disorders  
Summary  
 
3. Causes of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Understanding Factors Related to the Development of EBD  
Understanding Potential Causes of EBD  
Summary  
Laura Zionts & Katherine deGeorge
4. Evaluating and Assessing Students Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
The Purpose of Evaluation  
An Overview of EBD Evaluation  
Specific Aspects of the Evaluation Process as They Relate to EBD  
Evaluation Techniques Used to Determine Eligibility  
Summary  
Sara Sibilsky, Paul Zionts
5. Violence and Aggression in Schools
Violence and Aggression in the Schools  
The Roots of Violent and Aggressive Behaviors in Children and Adolescents  
Violence, Aggression, and EBD  
Responses to School Violence and Aggression  
Reducing and Preventing Violence and Aggression  
Summary  
 
6. Adolescents Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and the Juvenile Justice System
Background Information on EBD and the Juvenile Justice System  
Perplexing Issues of Ethnicity, Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice in the United States  
Addressing Issues of Ethnicity and Bias in Juvenile Justice Agencies  
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of All Youth in the Juvenile Justice System  
Special Education and the Juvenile Justice System  
Juvenile Justice and Youth Who Have EBD: Intervention and Reintegration Strategies  
Summary  
 
Part Two: Helping Students Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
 
7. Treatment of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Behavior Modification  
Examples of Two Behavior Modification Programs  
Schoolwide Discipline: Positive Behavioral Supports  
Cognitive Behavior Therapy  
Summary  
 
8. School-Based Placements
After Identification  
Determining Appropriate Educational Goals  
The Least Restrictive Environment  
The Continuum of Services: Placement Options  
An Important Caveat About Placements  
Possible Parental Reactions to Placement Options  
Changing Placements Because of Behavior  
A Few Words About Inclusion  
Summary  
 
9. Supporting Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Outside the Public School Setting
Medications for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Psychopharmacology  
The Role of Psychiatric and Juvenile Justice Professionals on the IEP Team  
Collaborative Efforts Between Mental Health Agencies and the Educational System  
Systems of Care  
Insurance, Managed Care, Medicare, and Systems of Care  
Summary  
Karen Anhalt, Richard Simpson, Laura Zionts
10. The Role of Families in Supporting Children With Emotional and Behavioral Concerns
Parents as Referral Agents  
Teachers as Referral Agents  
Parents as Advocates for Their Children With Emotional and Behavioral Concerns  
The Importance of Being a Support Agent  
Implementing Changes at Home  
Exercises for Improving Communication  
Ideas to Improve Discipline Strategies at Home  
Finding Ways to Relieve Stress  
Summary  
 
11. What Lies Ahead: Postschool Transition
Critical Concepts About EBD  
Postschool Success  
Transition Planning  
Summary  
Laura Zionts, Katherine deGeorge
Resources for Professionals and Parents
 
Index

"This book is an excellent overview of a very complex area. It is a useful guide to identifying and treating children with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD), and is particularly outstanding on topics related to the educational system and the numerous laws and policies surrounding the education of EBD children. This book will serve the field well." 

Krista Kutash, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Associate Professor
Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute

 "This serves as a great resource for educators who want to know more about youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. I know I will draw from it in the future to orient new staff working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth."

Mary F. Sinclair, Ph.D.
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

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