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Behavior Management

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Behavior Management

Behavior management promotes positive behavior and reduces opportunities for poor behavior. Each mental health disorder has its own set of emotional and behavioral symptoms. By understanding the behavior,  then developing and using a set of intervention strategies on a regular basis, emotions and behavior can be effectively managed and changed in the classroom.


  • Many students with mental health challenges have difficulty regulating their emotions and behaviors, often becoming inflexible and oppositional, disengaged or disruptive.

  • Students with anxiety or other mental health challenges may demonstrate inconsistent performance and behavior, which may fluctuate with their emotional state.

  • Most students with mental health challenges exhibit small behavior changes (wiggling in their seats, speaking loudly, or putting their heads down) before they become overwhelmed, act inappropriately, or stop working.

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