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Bright Side of Kids with EBD

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Trischia Burdt

on 16 March 2013

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Aristotle asked "Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy or politics or poetry or the arts are clearly of an atrabilious (melancholic) temperament?" Focusing on the POSITIVE Strength-Based Strategies Goals Start Statistically speaking
our students identified as having an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder... Utilize photographs and videos to demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior, discuss the differences

Self monitoring a target behavior or learning goal on a
smart phone, tablet, or computer software

Self-paced computer software that provides immediate feedback How to reach our kids... How can we construct a positive niche
that builds strengths and minimizes obstacles? The Bright Side of Kids
with Emotional and
Behavioral Disorders Neurodiversity in the Classroom:
Chapter 6 Summary & Overview approximately
1/5 people will experience a form of emotional illness, however this type of disability is rarely discussed Intrinsic Gifts & Abilities of Individuals with
Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities Assistive Technology/UDL reinforce positive behavior through encouragement & praise Students with EBD need:
Structure, Predictability, Consistency, & Positivity
in the classroom, cafeteria, and in the halls The most important element of
Positive Niche Construction is... are more likely to ...
fail classes
earn a lower GPA
miss school
be retained

compared to other students with disabilities. 20% of students identified as EBD
are arrested prior to leaving school 50% of students identified as EBD
drop out of school It is estimated that 9-19% of all school-age children meet the criteria to be identified as EBD,
however only 1% are identified and receiving special education services The majority of students that are identified and receiving services for EBD are in special classrooms, special schools, or residential treatment facilities. examples of emotional illness or disorders include:
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorders
Behavioral Disorders
Personality Disorders {Strength Awareness}
The correlation between mental illness and creativity ... The American poet Edgar Allen Poe brought to life murders and mayhem in his innovative works of science fiction, the literary genre he is attributed with inventing in addition to modern detective mysteries. Poe wrote the poem Eleanore in 1850 which contained the following enlightening lines regarding the true nature of mental illness . . . "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence–whether much that is glorious–whether all that is profound–does not spring from disease of thought–from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. " Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Lord Byron, and Virginia Woolf
lives serve as anecdotal evidence of the correlation between bipolar disorder and creativity. In 2005 an empirical study conducted by researchers at Standford University conducted creativity tests and found that parents and children with bipolar disorder tested higher than the control group.

-This research suggests an "enhanced ability to experience and express dislike of simply and symmetric images." Almost half of all US Presidents from 1789-1974
experienced mental illness sometime during their lives
(according to an analysis by psychiatrists at
Duke University Medical Center) One of the most influential politicians
of the 20th century...
"Winston Churchill referred to
his depression as his 'Black Dog'" Further research reinforces the correlation between mental illness and creativity...
1,000 prominent individuals were surveyed
77% of Poets
54% of Fiction Writers
50% of Visual Artists
46% of Composers
Experienced at least one significant depressive episode in their lifetime Other prominent individuals with emotional or behavioral disorders...
Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo, Issac Newton, Ben Stiler,
Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Terry Bradshaw, Mike Tyson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, J.K. Rowling, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman {Positive Role Models} The Learning Environment Establishing a supportive team for student that
advocates on behalf of the student and promotes
appropriate behavior and emotional well-being Team members must include regular and special eduction teachers. Other team members may include highly trained administrators, instructional aids, mental health professionals, community agencies, and student families in order to create a "wraparound" approach to student needs. Key components of "wraparound" may include:
developing academic and social skills
social and family services
counseling or psychological therapy
pharmacological treatment Our role as special education teachers and our responsibility to address
the needs of our students with emotional and behavioral disorders...

-Establish clear behavioral expectations
-Communicate procedures
-Intentional transitions
-Fair consequences for appropriate and inappropriate behavior
-Establish POSITIVE rapport with students
-Foster positive peer interactions (ex. peer tutoring, peer mediation) be cautious with praise which focuses on
external recognition vs. intrinsic value An example of effective evidence-based intervention for students with
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ...

Self-Talk: Thinking out loud through the steps of an activity or assignment

Encourage students to practice asking themselves questions in order to work through assignments or activities.

Self-Talk can also transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk. Students learn to become "mindful" of their thinking patterns and develop learned optimism.

"If you think you can or you can't, either way you are right." Practice relaxation techniques with students and
encourage them to practice self-monitoring behaviors...
-I noticed...
-What helps you...
-When I...
-How can you... Help students to establish goals
and provide support along the way "All kids need to express themselves artistically, but this is even more important for those who struggle with their emotions and behavior." Other valuable experiences:
behavior contracts/commitments
class meetings
role play
crisis intervention plans Our kids also benefit from the inclusive classroom setting in order to engage in positive peer interactions and positive peer role models. It is vital to consider the entire scope of the learning environment in order to understand and identify the antecedents of positive and negative behaviors Help students identify their interests/strengths and incorporate into educational experiences
Provide examples of positive role models with emotional or behavioral issues
Set goals for tasks (How can you make your writing interesting to you?)
Facilitate Brainstorming Sessions for assignments and alternative assessments
Encourage cooperative learning; pair students up to develop skills
Demonstrate alternative methods to display comprehension such as mind mapping
Redirect students with positive comments (You are in a really good mood today, can we save that conversation for later?) 5 Questions to Reflect on:
How can the student's social/support network at school be improved?
How do students respond to the opportunity to express themselves artistically?
How do we respond to students negative behaviors and provide an opportunity to calm down?
What steps do you take to improve rapport with a student?
What are your attitudes, perceptions, or biases regarding the inclusion of students with EBD in the regular education classroom?
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