What are Classroom Management Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD)?

What is EBD?

Someone that has an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD) refers to a student whose behavior falls considerably outside the norm, is chronic in nature, and is socially or culturally unacceptable.

Influential Court Case:  Honig v. Doe in 1988

This case benefited individuals with EBD who have academic and social problems because it ruled that schools cannot expel children for behaviors related to their disability.

In 1997, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (Public Law 105-17) requires a proactive behavior management plan to be included in the student’s IEP if a student with disabilities has behavior problems.

How many school-aged children have an emotional or behavioral disorder?

Current reports of the prevalence of EBD in the general population range from 6% to 10% of the school-age population.

Only 17% of children with EBD are identified by 9 years of age.

On average, in primary grades, there will be 4-5 students per class who once had, do have, or might later have EBD.


Build a relationship with your students

Create an appropriate emotional environment

Classroom Rules, Procedures, and Scheduling

Promoting Desired Behavior

Teaching Self-Monitoring

Peer Tutoring

Adapt Instruction

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