Teaching Children That Are Emotionally Disturbed

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Abstract Children with emotionally disturbances (E.D.) need structure and discipline in the classroom to not only be successful within the school environment, but to be successful outside of it as well. The teacher has to be firm with the students while also maintaining their respect. Because of their emotional imbalance, what happens in the classroom can affect the outcome of what happens at home, peer relationships, and school social activities outside of the classroom. This paper describes a few methods and components that can be used to teach students with E.D. how to control their own emotions and behaviors before any learning can occur, behaviors must be controlled. Teaching Children that are Emotionally Disturbed Children vary in different sizes, shapes, and behaviors and all of these come into play when trying to maintain a successful classroom. The sizes and shapes however, do not matter as much as the children’s behaviors. A classroom, be it regular education or special education, depends on structure to be successful. The teacher needs to have a personal relationship with each and every student at a level where the student feels comfortable enough to perform their daily learning activities. More importantly, an Emotionally Disturbed (E.D.) classroom must have a solid defined structure while also maintaining discipline. The organization and structure of the classroom is just as important as the relationship the teacher has with each of his or her students. Various methods must be used to teach students that have been diagnosed as emotionally disturbed per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA. No one theoretical method works the best, however there are methods that work better than others. Each student is an individual and has individual needs so the teacher must vary his or her way of teaching to accommodate each
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