State of Wisconsin Eligibility Criteria for Children with Disability

Emotional Behavioral Disability

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
    1. The child demonstrates severe, chronic and frequent behavior that is not the result of situational anxiety, stress or conflict.
    2. The child's behavior described under par. (a) occurs in school and in at least one other setting.
    3. The child displays any of the following:
      1. Inability to develop or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships.
      2. Inappropriate affective or behavior response to a normal situation.
      3. Pervasive unhappiness, depression or anxiety.
      4. Physical symptoms, pains or fears associated with personal or school problems.
      5. Inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.
      6. Extreme withdrawal from social interactions.
      7. Extreme aggressiveness for a long period of time.
      8. 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.

Copies of all appropriate eligibility criteria are to be provided by the case manager to all IEP team members at the IEP meeting.

For further inquiries regarding special education, please contact Nissan Bar Lev, Director of Special Education CESA #7, telephone (920) 849-9384, or check the CESA #7 special education web site at:

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