Eligibility for special education services requires a condition and an educational need that necessitate services which only special education can offer for a student to access a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE.)
Emotional Disturbance is another of those conditions.
An Emotional Disturbance disability (Code of Federal Regulations § 300.8 c.4.i.A-E) marks a condition over a long period of time and to such a degree that a child’s educational performance is affected. The student must exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:
- An inability to learn not explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors
- An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers
- Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances
- A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
- A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
A school’s evaluation will typically include baseline cognitive and achievement testing along with an evaluation by a school psychologist on the emotional/behavioral issues.
- Partners Resource Network (helping to educate parents)
- Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- National Institute of Mental Health