The Daily Bulletin

Alert:

testing.

About
learn about our college

Admissions
Investing in yourself pays lifelong dividends

Financial Aid
Helping students pay for college

Academics
Providing university transfer and in-demand career programs

Student Services
Helping students succeed

Workforce Training
Offering non-credit courses for both business and pleasure

Center for Workforce Development
Meeting the area's workforce needs

Foundation
Enhancing Walters State through private support

Alumni
Providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect

Campuses
Making education convenient

Expo
Providing agribusiness, educational and commercial activities and events

Contact
Get in touch with us

Athletics
Go Senators!

A-Z Index
Search our site alphabetically

Communications and Marketing
We keep you connected

Directory
Search our team

Quality Enhancement Plan
Student learning and teaching effectiveness development

IET
Information and educational technologies

Printing Services
Supplying the institution with quality printed materials

Business Office
Serving students and college departments

Global Connections
Bringing international events to our students

Senators Emergency Text
Get the latest emergency communications

Support Staff Council
Providing resources for our staff

Special Events
Bringing new experiences to our students and community

Catalog & Student Handbook
Requirements and college information

Academic & Events Calendar
Keep tabs on important dates

Teaching Disabled Students
Psychological Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association defines a psychological disability as any persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder or emotional or mental illness resulting in impairment of educational, social, or vocational functioning as reported by a mental health professional, based on a diagnosis from the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1987, 3rd ed., revised). Examples of psychological disabilities include manic depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, anxiety disorders, delusional disorders, and eating disorders.

Psychological disabilities can create barriers to education in different ways. First, stigmas associated with psychological disabilities prevent many students from self identifying and subsequently receiving the help that they may need. Additionally, individuals with psychological disabilities often take medication that may produce side effects such as restlessness, fatigue, or excessive thirst. Following is a list of strategies that can be used with students who have psychological disabilities.

Instructional Strategies to Help Students with Psychological Disabilities

  • Allow students who have difficulty concentrating to tape lectures or use a note taker.
  • Provide alternative testing (extended time and/or distraction free room) for students who are easily distracted by noise or activity.
  • Give cues to the task at hand and/or break down tasks into small steps when students experience difficulty focusing on tasks.
  • Offer breaks to students who become fatigued.
  • Provide the following for students who have difficulty managing time and deadlines:
    • Planning projects by breaking them into small, manageable parts
    • Clearly detailed syllabi
    • Advance notice for tests and quizzes
  • Address inappropriate classroom behavior with the student in private, delineating if necessary the limits of acceptable behavior.
  • Permit late withdrawals or incompletes in the event of disability related excessive absences.