Emotional/ Behavioral Disorders

By: Darianne Frischenmeyer


An emotional and behavioral disorder is an emotional disability characterized by the following: (i) An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and/or teachers.

Characteristic Indicators

Children with emotional and behavioral disorders makes them very aggressive. There are many ways of aggression. There can be verbal abuse toward adults and other children, destructiveness and vandalism, and physical abuse on others. These children seem to be always be in conflict with those around them. Their own aggressive outbursts often cause others to strike back.

  • Irritability and anger
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Moodiness or emotional outbursts, difficulty regulating mood
  • Physical complaints without a known medical cause
  • Social withdrawal, isolating from friends and/or family
  • Has difficulty making or keeping friends
  • Sadness/crying
  • Low frustration tolerance, difficulty coping
  • Sleep problems, sleeps too much or has difficulty sleeping
  • Poor self image, low self-esteem
  • Negative thoughts, pessimistic thinking, hopelessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, self-injurious behaviors, threatens to harm self
  • Difficulty getting along with others
  • Decline in school performance, lack of motivation for schoolwork
  • Lack of remorse for misbehavior
  • Hyperactivity and excitability
  • Panic attacks, worrying and obsessions
  • Anxiety
  • School avoidance or refusal to go to school
  • Runs away or threatens to run away

Diagnosis Test

A diagnosis will be made after careful review and mixture of test data, observations. Information gathered from multiple sources including your child or adolescent, family members, school personnel, and other mental health providers working with your child.
Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Presentation

What are some good strategies for kids with EBD?

One of the best strategies is keeping class/rules simple and make sure they are very clear because they will struggle more if they don't have a normal schedule.
Another one is you should always reward positive behavior because if you don't show them that they are doing something that you want and like then they won't see a point in being good.
You need to always allow mini breaks so if the kid you are working with starts to get frustrated they will know that they have breaks at this certain so they will try to stay calm because they have a break soon.