Some developmental disorders like dyslexia or Asperger Syndrome are first identified through the behaviours of individuals in the classroom.
Often these behaviours are treated in isolation from the curriculum and dealt with through a school's behaviour policy, including applying sanctions.
While it is not appropriate for teachers to ignore or appear to condone incidences of indiscipline, it has been suggested that - when a learner's behaviour deteriorates whenever e.g. writing, is required - teachers should try to determine whether the problem behaviour is a response to the activity set and whether underpinning difficuties might be present.
Perhaps your school or authority has a behaviour policy in place that requires that those presenting with behavioural issues are checked for developmental disorders - tell us about it.
Re: Behavioural characteristics of developmental disorders
I teach in the SEBN sector as an outreach teacher with children who have social and emotional behaviour problems. In more rcent times I am finding that more and more of these children have underlyning problems such as Aspergers,dyslexic tendancies and varied ASD Whilst it is good to be able to work with these children and hopefully give them a glinmmer of hope it is very dificult if a child has no diagnosis to assess what is purely behavioural and what is caused by other underlying factors As you have already statedthese children do tend to be treated through the school behaviour policy.Many of the schools I work in are superb at dealing with these children but due to lack of training for teachers and lack of funds it could be a long time before these children are checked for developmental disorders