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Psychological disabilities are defined as "… a persistent psychological disorder or psychiatric disorder, emotional or mental illness that adversely affects educational performance and/or functioning and frequently requires medication."

Students with psychological disabilities will often not be recognizable in the classroom. Some may request extended time for classroom testing or a quiet, distraction-free testing environment. Others may not identify themselves at all.


May Include:

bullet extended time for exams, quiet testing area with a proctor
bullet notetakers, readers or tape recorders in class
bullet seating arrangements that enhance the learning experience of the student
bullet incompletes or late withdrawals in place of course failures in the event of prolonged illness
bullet assistance with time management and study skills
bullet encouragement to use relaxation and stress-reducing techniques during exams
bullet flexibility in the attendance requirements in case of health-related absences

Psychological disorders fall into the group of invisible disabilities that may have little or no impact on learning. With proper diagnoses and treatment, students with psychological disorders are generally productive and successful in the academic environment.

Some students may exhibit negative behavior such as indifference or occasionally disruptive behavior. In the event of disruptive behavior, the student should be informed of the specific limits of acceptable behavior in the classroom and on campus. As for all students, the CSUF Student Code of Conduct must be followed.

Concentration and attentional difficulties with or without hyperactivity is called Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and is a neurologically-based medical condition. It is a developmental disability characterized by inattention (difficulty sustaining attention to tasks), impulsivity (difficulty in refraining from saying or doing whatever comes to mind), and/or hyperactivity (excessive talking, fidgeting, or movement).

In an academic setting, students with AD/HD may have difficulty grasping the main idea of a lecture or reading assignment. They may experience slow reading and/or writing, and they may be hampered by their inability to screen out distractions while studying or taking exams. Those students with AD/HD for whom pharmaceuticals are prescribed may also be subject to side effects of the medication. As with any other type of disability, there is considerable variability among students diagnosed as having AD/HD.

bullet Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

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