Wisconsin DPI Criteria
- Emotional behavioral disability, means social, emotional or behavioral functioning that so departs from generally accepted, age appropriate ethnic or cultural norms that it adversely affects a child's academic progress, social relationships, personal adjustment, classroom adjustment, self-care or vocational skills.
- The IEP team may identify a child as having an emotional behavioral disability if the child meets the definition under par. (a), and meets all of the following:
- The child demonstrates severe, chronic and frequent behavior that is not the result of situational anxiety, stress or conflict.
- The child's behavior described under par. (a) occurs in school and in at least one other setting.
- The child displays any of the following:
- Inability to develop or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships.
- Inappropriate affective or behavior response to a normal situation.
- Pervasive unhappiness, depression or anxiety.
- Physical symptoms, pains or fears associated with personal or school problems.
- Inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.
- Extreme withdrawal from social interactions.
- Extreme aggressiveness for a long period of time.
- Other inappropriate behaviors that are so different from children of similar age, ability, educational experiences and opportunities that the child or other children in a regular or special education program are negatively affected.