Student behaviour is affected not only by specific challenges like those just discussed but also by a broad range of influences that flow from the circumstances of the student’s life.
For example, a student’s behaviour will be shaped by the presence or absence of the following:
Support from parents, other family, and other adults, at […]
It is important to distinguish between mental illness and more common mental health problems.
The term “mental illness” refers to a diagnosable condition that usually requires medical treatment. It encompasses a range of psychiatric and emotional problems of varying degrees of intensity and duration that may recur from time to time. Major mental illnesses include […]
According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario (2002), one in five children and youths in Ontario will struggle with his or her mental health. More than 500,000 young people in Ontario suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem, such as anxiety, that may manifest itself in behaviour such as bullying or an eating disorder. http://www.kidsmentalhealth.ca/
The term “executive function” is used to describe a set of cognitive processes that help students connect past experiences with present actions. Students use executive function when they perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing, and paying attention to and remembering details. Executive function also enables students to manage their […]
Communication disorders include, but are not limited to the following:
speech-language disorders hearing impairment vertigo tinnitus swallowing reading and writing disorders cognitive disorders Communication disorders in school-age children are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities or behavioural problems, and can be very difficult to treat in later years. […]
Behaviour can be understood differently from various perspectives and within a variety of contexts.
When addressing behaviour, remember:
Definitions of behaviour are variable and may be influenced by subjective factors.
What is identified as inappropriate or challenging behaviour may vary depending on:
Who initiates the behaviour When and where it occurs The perspective from […]
It is the responsibility of all to recognize the particular needs of individual students, including the complex and additional challenges faced by some students with special education needs, and to find ways of meeting those needs.
An important measure of a caring and safe school is its ability to identify the range of needs of […]