Emotional and Behavioral Problems: A Handbook for Understanding and Handling Students

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The authors take a complex, under-discussed topic and give teachers and administrators useful, basic guidelines they can put to use quickly in understanding, identifying, and helping this special group of students.

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Editorial Reviews

Krista Kutash
"This book is an excellent overview of a very complex area. It is a useful guide to identifying and treating children with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD), and is particularly outstanding on topics related to the educational system and the numerous laws and policies surrounding the education of EBD children. This book will serve the field well."
Mary F. Sinclair
"This serves as a great resource for educators who want to know more about youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. I know I will draw from it in the future to orient new staff working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761977032
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zionts is a professor of special education and Chairperson of the Department of Educational Foundations and Special Services at Kent State University. He has been a teacher in a reform school and an inner-city high school, a program director, consultant, and teacher trainer. He has lectured and provided training in local, state, and national events and has conducted hundreds of workshops that have included teachers, counselors, psycho­ logists, social workers, administrators, parents, secretaries, and bus drivers. He has authored Teaching Disturbed and Disturbing Students (2nd edition) and Inclusion Strategies for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems, and he has coauthored with Richard Simpson both Autism (2nd edition) and Understanding Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems.

Laura Zionts, Ph D, is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Psychology’s Special Education, At-Risk and Bilingual Education program. She has worked with students who have emotional and behavioral disorders as a classroom teacher and a transition specialist. She has enjoyed teaching in both early elementary and secondary classrooms in mostly urban settings. Her primary area of research is the disproportionate representation of minority youth in programs for children and youth with behavioral disorders.

Richard L. Simpson is Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He has also served as director of special education programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center and chair of the Special Education Department at the University of Kansas. He has worked as a special education teacher, school psy-chologist, and clinical psychologist. He has also served as senior editor of the professional journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. The author of numerous books and articles on autism spectrum disorders, Dr. Simpson was the 2002 recipient of the International Council for Exceptional Children Research Award and the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Outstanding Professional Leadership Award.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Pt. 1 Understanding Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
1 Introduction to Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Disorders 3
2 Major Types of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 19
3 Causes of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 37
4 Evaluating and Assessing Students Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 53
5 Violence and Aggression in Schools 79
6 Adolescents Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and the Juvenile Justice System 101
Pt. 2 Helping Students Who Have Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
7 Treatment of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 121
8 School-Based Placements 141
9 Supporting Students With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Outside the Public School Setting 157
10 The Role of Families in Supporting Children With Emotional and Behavioral Concerns 175
11 What Lies Ahead: Postschool Transition 201
Resources for Professionals and Parents 217
Index 229
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