Somethings about me, what brings me joy, and my career goals. My name is Jessica, I am 21, and I am a Junior. One of my main inspirations is children. They see joy in the world and find happiness in the small things. When I look at them I see the future. I want to be a teacher because I want to be an inspiration to children. I want to motivate them to be something and encourage them to be good people.
Something people may not know about me is that I opened up a resale baby store in Grants Pass called BugaBoo-tique. I started with just selling a couple items, but it has grown to a full store with thousands of clothing and accessories. I am so blessed to have this resource because it allows me to work with moms and babies/children in my community. Because I have so many clothes and resources, I also get to help families in need.

My greatest fear about being a teacher is that I wont be able to help every student and address every student's needs. Teachers are given so many students and all of them learn differently and have different home lives that affect their schooling. I am also very afraid of handling parents. There will always be the parents who complain and make your life miserable. I dont know how I will take the negativity or handle the parents.

An experience where I had trouble learning. The first thing that popped into my head was my college anatomy and physiology class. I remember reading pages in the textbook and listening to lectures and not understanding one bit. It was like listening to a foreign language. No matter how much I read, nothing went in. I have never been more frustrated. This brought down my confidence exetremely. Not only that but I instantly wanted to quit and not even try, because it seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I couldnt get it. I hated this feeling. After the term I ended up changing my major.
I think with my students, I will work hard to modify my lessons for those students who struggle. I will adapt lessons to their learning. I will also try to make students excited to learn about the topic by relating the topic to their own lives.

What do I want to gain from the course. I can honestly say that I haven't worked with students with disabilities. I have watched a few students with disabilities and I am unsure of how to teach them or best work with them. I am hoping in this class I will gain an understanding of disabilities and how to teach and help children with disabilities.

Emotional Disturbance
Emotional disturbance is actually an umbrella term including conditions such as:
  • anxiety disorders
  • bipolar disorder
  • conduct disorders
  • eating disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • psychotic disorder
IDEA defines emotional disturbance as follows:
“…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:
(A) An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.
(B) An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
(C) Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances.
(D) A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
(E) A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.”

Emotional disturbance can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, religion, social status, ect.. Many children in the world exhibit symptoms and signs of this disorder, but many do not get help for it. Emotional disturbances can affect students lives in many ways other than just emotionally.

I chose this topic because I see this disorder affecting so many children. Children are craving help but so many adults don't notice signs and symptoms or they just brush it off, until it is to late. I remember struggling with some anxiety in middle school. This made me miserable and unable to do many things. I didn't sleep much and I was always worried. This affected many aspects of my life. My mom tried to talk me through things, but because she never experienced what I was going through, not much helped. No one else noticed I was struggling, so I often felt alone. Because I struggled with a mild form of emotional disturbance, I want to learn all I can about signs, symptoms, and treatments, that way I can help those students who are struggling.

5 out of 5
This site is an amazing resource. It tells all about the disorder such as characteristics, how it's diagnosed, and what can be done. Then in addition, there are tons of additional links that lead to assessments (functional and strength based), intervention, prevention, and then links to additional help.

5 out of 5

School Success for Kids With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

This book is a great book for all teachers to have. School Success for Kids With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders gives parents and teachers of students with conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, or other emotional and behavioral disorders the strategies they need to help these kids overcome their struggles and find success in school. Based on the experiences of psychologists and educators working with kids with these disorders, this book provides help for children needing to control their emotional outbursts and strategies to teach kids to monitor, review, and change their behaviors. The chapters cover topics like managing the classroom, dealing with struggles with homework, choosing from options such as time out or restraint to control behavior, helping kids develop self-advocacy strategies and independence, and planning services and accommodations for these disorders. The book also includes multiple tools for parents and teachers to reproduce and use immediately to help their students with emotional and behavioral problems overcome their challenges.

5 out 5
This website is for an organization made to help children with disbilities. There are resources for students, parents, and teachers. There are even resources for people desiring to become a special education teacher. Also there are links for grants.

4 out of 5
This book seems to be a great resource for all teachers. It shows readers how to recognize the cognitive, academic, physical, communicational, and behavioral characteristics of several forms of emotional disturbance and offers specific strategies for responding to such problems as tantrums, disruptiveness, inattention, and task avoidance. I gave this book a 4 only because I haven't read it yet, but it has gotten good reviews.

4 out of 5
This site is for preparing the school for your child with emotional disturbance. There are many tips and tricks to help parents and teachers help children with emotional disturbances. There also are some handouts parents and teachers can fill out, along with multiple other resources to better educate a parent and teacher for a child with an emotional disturbance.

4 out of 5
This article starts out by telling everything needed to know about emotional disturbance. But then, near the end, lists of accommodations and adaptations are given, which are so helpful.

4 out of 5
This is a straightforward video on emotional disturbance. It gives a great explanation of many things involving emotional disturbance. Although it is just an informative slideshow, the creator uses upbeat music which helped keep my attention.

3 out of 5
This video gives an accurate description of emotionally disturbed children and gives great accommodations and ways to best work with students with this disability. I do think it the presentation was a little boring, but most of the videos I found on this topic were as well.

3 out of 5
This video would be very helpful for teachers. The video teaches of different stages teachers go through. It helps teachers learn how to work with emotionally disturbed children and how to stay motivated to help them. I gave it only a 3 because the man is very boring and I found myself distracted a few times.

Top 5 things I learned
1. Emotional disturbance covers so many areas, it is actually a very broad term.
2. Emotional Disturbances can affect anyone regardless or race, social status, religion, age.
3. Many children exhibit signs and symptoms of emotional disturbance but most do not get help for it.
4. Emotional disturbance can affect every area of a person life, so action must be made.
5. The majority of people who have emotional disturbance are males. This was a shock for me.