This concise and practical guide thoroughly presents the characteristics of children with specific mild exceptionalities in today's diverse classroom. Using an active, problem-solving approach that reflects how today's students learn, Dr. Sydney S. Zentall identifies the characteristics of children with mild exceptionalities that can be gleaned from observations, written descriptions, and personal interactions. Unlike many texts on this topic, which overwhelm students with extraneous information, The text focuses on the characteristics of these students within general education and special class settings. With this knowledge readers will better understand the implications of characteristics for accommodations and be ready to apply this knowledge with empirically based interventions.

Internalizing Emotional Disorders

Internalizing emotional disorders

Healthy emotional development requires the ability to communicate feelings and needs (Greene, 2006, p. 287). Emotional disorders could be described as characterized by failing to communicate needs proactively, as well as overreacting or underreacting emotionally to setting conditions. Students within the ED category are children who have difficulty damping down the anxiety they feel and who overreact to situations of possible threat from the environment (e.g., anxiety about negative feedback from peers or teachers).

However, we all need some level of anxiety, which is important generally for the survival of the individual and of the species (i.e., anxiety contributes to the human ability to anticipate and prepare for extreme conditions of danger by attacking or escaping—fight/flight). Subjective anxiety (emotion) serves ...

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