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Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Emotional Disturbance (ED) 2021-10-06T13:12:50-06:00

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Emotional disturbance means a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child’s educational performance: • An inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or other health factors. • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances. • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression. • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems. Emotional disturbance includes schizophrenia. The term does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted unless it is determined that they (also) have an emotional disturbance under paragraph 34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(4)(i). (34 CFR Sec. 300.8(c)(4))


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders

National Association of School Psychologists
Toll free: 866-331-NASP

National Mental Health Information (NAMI) New Mexico


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Programs for Children and Adolescents—
UNM provides connections to multidisciplinary
mental health professionals (UNM)

RxP Legislation Resources
Toll free: 800-374-2721

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Toll free: 877-SAMHSA-7 (877-726472-7)

The Child Psychologist

Page last updated October 6, 2021