Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Supporting them in the Classroom


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Mental illness and disabilities are becoming more prevalent in our students. Specifically, emotional and behavioral disturbance which is also known to be under-diagnosed, thus causing students to not be receiving proper special education services (Garwood, p.123). It is important to understand what EBD is, other related disabilities, and instructional approaches/resources to working with students with disabilities.

Performance Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define what emotional and behavioral disability is
  • Identify other disorders related to EBD
  • Give examples of best practices and strategies for teaching and working with students with EBD.
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Course Units

Unit 1: What is the definition of an emotional behavioral disability (EBD)?

  • Learners will define emotional and behavioral disability
  • Learners will examine the prevalence of EBD in school setting
  • Learners will identify other disabilities that relate to EBD

Unit 2: What are different instructional strategies and supports for students with emotional or behavioral disabilities?

  • Learners will identify a list of strategies/guiding principles specific to a certain emotional or behavioral disability
  • Learners will decide and implement (through writing) how to address a specific situation with a student in crisis

Additional Resources


Teaching Students with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: BEST PRACTICES GUIDE TO INTERVENTION From Firwood & Oak Grove Schools

Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom

Research-Based Practices for Teaching Students with Disabilities: