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5 Signs of Emotional Disturbance

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1. Externalizing Behaviors

Students with emotional disturbance frequently display externalizing, or acting-out behaviors. This includes noncompliance, such as ignoring the teacher or not following directions. It also involves disruptive and aggressive behaviors, such as hitting, fighting, yelling out, destroying property, and stealing. These students do not follow teacher corrections, do not complete assignments, and they are excluded by peers.