with Emotional Disturbance1
Children and youth with emotional disturbance
are a heterogeneous group of young people with a variety of strengths and needs. Much is
known about the school and community factors that place young people at risk for
developing emotional disturbance and about what must be done to improve school and
community results for them. This knowledge has been incorporated into OSEPs
National Agenda for Achieving Better Results for Children and
Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (U.S. Department of Education, 1994),
which has framed OSEPs recent research and development efforts.
Unfortunately, a gap exists between what is known and what
is done to identify and address the strengths and needs of these young people and their
families. OSEP is addressing the gap through its Research to Practice efforts, which
support the exchange and effective use of research-based knowledge on how to improve
results for children and youth with emotional disturbance.
The first section of this module addresses eligibility for
services and the characteristics of children with emotional disturbance. The second
discusses the educational environments of and services provided to these students and the
results that follow for them. The final section presents an overview of what OSEP is doing
to improve results for children and youth with emotional disturbance.
This module reports on work conducted by the Center for
Effective Collaboration and Practice, one of several research centers funded by OSEP.
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