Students who have emotional and behavioral disturbances often exhibit significant behavioral excesses or deficits.
Emotional or behavioral disorders can be divided into three groups that are characterized by: externalizing behaviors (such as hyperactivity, aggression, delinquency), internalizing behaviors (typically expressed by being socially withdrawn), and low-incidence disorders (infrequent but severe disorders, such as childhood-onset schizophrenia). A diagnosis of a mental health disorder is based on criteria defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Revised.
Generally, determining whether a child has a biologically based developmental disorder, a behavioral problem or an emotional disorder is not as important to a family as determining what interventions are the most useful to help support their child. When you receive an assessment from the neuropsychology team at the Center for Personal Development you receive a set of clear and realistic recommendations for how to support him or her in developing necessary skills to lead a successful life.
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The National Institute of Mental Heath estimates that between 10-15 % of children struggle with behavioral or emotional disorders.