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Emotional Disturbance

Emotional Disturbance

The term "Emotional Disturbance" refers to extreme behaviors that are chronic and not acceptable because of social or cultural expectations. Under federal law, "Emotional Disturbance" is defined as: "a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects a child's educational performance: an inability to learn that cannot be 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 full range of services is available to students in the least restrictive environment possible. Most supports and services are provided to students in their general education classrooms within their neighborhood schools. However, because each student is considered unique, IEP teams may decide to provide certain supports and services in other settings. Examples of services provided for students are: consultation with neighborhood school staff; development of behavior improvement plans; social skills training, adaptations/modifications of classroom materials, and case management of all educational and related service activities.

The Bismarck Special Education Department provides direct and consultation services in all of the Districts sites, as well as Manchester House and St. Alexius Partial Care Program. (Please also see Alternative Settings).

For more information about services for students with emotional disturbances, contact:
Lindsey Dirk

For more information about services for preschool students, contact:
Michelle Hougen

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