Emotional Disability

An emotional disability means an inability to learn or progress that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors

The student exhibits one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree:

  • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems
  • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
  • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships
  • Inappropriate behaviors or feelings under normal circumstances
  • Episodes of psychosis.

Identification and eligibility for special education is determined by a case conference committee using the required assessment components.  See “Required Assessment Components for Eligibility.

When there is a suspected disability, the case conference committee must complete the ED Checklist to document the presence or absence of an emotional disability.

Note: The completion and implementation of the FBA (Functional Behavioral Assessment) and BIP (Behavioral Intervention Plan) should be a component of the General Education Intervention process.

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