12 Facts About Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

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1. Emotional Disturbance ≠ Emotional or Behavior Disorders

Having "emotional disturbance" is not always the same as having emotional or behavioral disorders. Emotional disturbance is a specific label provided by a school that makes a student eligible for special education services and protection under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A student with an emotional or behavioral disorder may not necessarily qualify for services under the emotional disturbance category.