Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

Students with emotional disturbances often have difficulties in completing schoolwork and meeting standard academic expectations. The main reasons for this are the emotional difficulties that these students are experiencing as well as difficulty in accessing and using the appropriate support services.

There are a number of strategies that educators can use to reach students with emotional disturbances. These strategies can include:

  1. Providing support for the student’s emotional difficulties.
  2. Resetting expectations for the student.
  3. Helping the student to develop a support network.

There are also many strategies that educators can use to help students with emotional disturbances to manage their schoolwork. These strategies can include:

  1. Creating a positive school environment.
  2. Encouraging independent study.
  3. Developing study skills.
  4. Providing assistance with homework.
    Many students with emotional disturbances can benefit from participating in extracurricular activities. These activities can help the student develop social and networking skills as well as skills that are specific to the activity.

Educators should be aware of the following when working with students with emotional disturbances:
The student’s level of engagement in the class.
The student’s level of motivation.
The student’s level of ability.
The student’s level of compliance.
The student’s level of engagement in extracurricular activities.
The student’s level of participation in after-school programs.

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