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 Place.com 2009).
- Student displays a repetitive and impact persistent pattern of behavior that results in the significant disruption in other students
- 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
- Frequent fights
- May be cruel to animals (Healthy Place.com 2009).
- Deficits in processing social information or social cues
- Rejected by peers as young children (Healthy Place.com 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 Place.com 2009).
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Serious violations of rules
- Deceitfulness or theft
- Destruction of property
- Aggression to people and animals (Healthy Place.com 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
- 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).