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Emotional and Behavioral Problems
A Handbook for Understanding and Handling Students

First Edition

March 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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