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 student’s educational performance:
- An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or 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; and,
- A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or social problems.
The term includes schizophrenia, but does not apply to students who are socially maladjusted unless it is determined they have an emotional disturbance.
Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of emotional disturbance.
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