Emotional Disturbance and/or Behavioural Problems

My 11-year-old son, Craig, was suicidal. He set fires. He killed animals. He was a danger to himself and everyone around him. … The people in the system of care really showed that they care about us as a family. They lifted us up and brought us closer. Today, Craig is on the honor roll at school. All the help from the men and women in the system of care has really paid off.

Taken from Craig’s Story Systems of Care http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/CA-0030/default.asp


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Students with emotional disturbance and/or behavioural problems may have conditions such as neurosis, childhood psychosis, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder (CD). Generally a student with emotional disturbance and/or behavioural problems will present with negative behaviours that impinge on their learning and often on their social development. (This category is not intended to include students whose conduct or behavioural difficulties can be dealt with in accordance with agreed school procedures on discipline.)