Emotional Disturbance

Emotional Disturbance is a Federal Category under which children may be eligible for Special Education Services.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines Emotional Disturbance as a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, which adversely affects educational performance:

a) an inability to learn, which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors;

b) an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers;

c) inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances;

d) a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or

e) a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.


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