Emotional Disturbance (ED)
Programs serving students with serious emotional disorders provide a continuum of educational opportunities from pre-school instruction through graduation emphasizing the development of positive emotional health in coordination with academic progress. Teachers of emotionally disturbed students integrate activities designed to enhance emotional development and build self-esteem with lessons in core instructional areas.
Academic instruction following the PASS objectives established for all students in core areas is provided in the ED classes. ED students also receive intensive instruction in self-management, tolerance, self-reflection, social skills development and tools for developing positive mental health. Alternative management techniques such as points systems, daily notes sent home, tangible rewards, etc., are frequently used to reinforce displays of appropriate behavior and social judgement.