Learning disabilites report part 2

Conduct Disorder (behavioral disorder)


  • A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated… (DSM IV Diagnostic Criteria) (Healthy 2009).
  • Student displays a repetitive and impact persistent pattern of behavior that results in the significant disruption in other students

    Identifying Characteristics

    • Selfish
    • Do not relate well to others
    • And lack an appropriate sense of guilt
    • Misperceive the behavior of others as threatening
    • React aggressively
    • Engage in bullying
    • Threatening
    • Frequent fights
    • May be cruel to animals (Healthy 2009).


    • Genetic
    • Environmental
    • Deficits in processing social information or social cues
    • Rejected by peers as young children (Healthy 2009).


    • Co-occurrence with childhood psychiatric disorders like AD/HD and mood disorders
    • Begins in late childhood or early adolescence
    • More common among boys than girls (Healthy 2009).


    • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
    • Serious violations of rules
    • Deceitfulness or theft
    • Destruction of property
    • Aggression to people and animals (Healthy 2009).

    Effective Teaching Strategies

    • Teach student about role models who have similar disabilities and how they coped
    • Gain insight from previous teachers on what worked for them
    • Expose to students acting appropriately
    • Direct instruction on target behaviors
    • Reestablished consequences for misbehavior
    • Immediate consequences
    • Frequent monitoring
    • Review med history and use and side effects
    • Use time-outs

    Placement Options

    • Self-contained classroom (within a regular school).
    • Therapeutic day school
    • Partial ("day") hospitalization
    • Residential treatment center (RTC).
    • Therapeutic boarding school. (Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 2000).



Jennifer P.

Experienced Tutor for Exceptional Students of All Ages and Abilites

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