Considerations for Teachers of Students with Bipolar Disorder

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In order for a child to experience the best education possible, a teacher must take into consideration the student’s needs and abilities. For some students, they may face disabilities that may hinder their learning process. In order to provide these students an excellent academic environment, it is imperative for a teacher to appropriately handle the student’s disability. In the National Association of School Psychologists’ site, they provide resources in which provide teachers information of bipolar disorder in secondary students.
On the NASP’s site, they define bipolar disorder and the common coexisting disorders. In the textbook, Exceptional Lives, it defines BD as a category of mood disorders in which the student experiences recurring and extreme mood episodes, in which the book defines these mood episodes in more detail. The website states that though there is a specific criteria for the length of mood episodes in adults, the criteria in children and adolescents are unclear as they often go through a rapid cycle, symptoms occurring on a weekly, daily, or hourly basis. It is therefore advised that a teacher should note the pattern of the student’s behavior in order to predict any future erratic behaviors. One coexisting disorder is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Other coexisting disorders are oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder, in which the first is described, in Exceptional Lives, as a pattern of negative and defiant behaviors.…

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