Behavioural and Emotional difficulties


What is EBD?
‘EBD’ stands for Emotional Behavioural Disorder (often referred to as ‘Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) and refers to a condition in which behaviour or emotional responses of an individual are so different from generally accepted norms, that they adversely affect that child’s performance. The term EBD is a broad term often used to group a range of more specific difficulties such as behaviour which interferes with a child’s own learning or the learning of their peers.

EBD is generally a specific diagnosis where the child displays persistent and severe behaviours. It can also be referred to as ‘Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’ (SEBD).

Due to the potential emotional difficulties or disturbance, children with EBD may refuse or unsuccessfully be able to utilise educational opportunities offered to them and are therefore potentially difficult or challenging to manage. Often due to the fact that the child’s brain receives and processes information differently than a child who does not suffer from EBD.

Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

  • Disruptive, anti-social and aggressive behaviour;
  • Poor peer and family relationships;
  • Hyperactivity, attention and concentration problems.