Emotional and Behavioural (Conduct) disorders
An emotional and behavioural disorder is defined as a learning difficulty in which the child’s emotional or behavioural response to a situation is notably different to that which is expected for their age level, cultural and ethnic background, and which has a direct impact on their learning, socialization and vocational interactions within a school setting. To be determined as a disorder the emotional and behavioural response must have the following characteristics:
- Be more than a temporary response to stress or a particular situation.
- Be exhibited in two or more settings (one of which must be the school).
- Not demonstrate an improvement once positive interventions by the carers have been given.
An emotional and behavioural disorder may coexist with other learning difficulties. They may also present themselves with developmental disorders, schizophrenia, childhood psychosis and anxiety problems.