The program for students with emotional disturbances is a therapeutic day school for elementary age children who exhibit severe difficulties in their home school setting. The program is designed to promote a positive self-concept by maximizing the opportunities for student success through frequent praise and encouragement, to encourage and provide opportunities for students to identify and discuss their feelings, to provide students with an academic curriculum individualized to their needs, to provide an emotionally and physically safe milieu for all students by offering a structured and consistent environment, to foster the development of positive interpersonal relationships with classmates and staff, and to offer students acceptable options for their behaviors.
Students are provided related services necessary for them to benefit from their educational program. These services include social work, speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, transportation, and others according to each student’s Individualized Education Program.
Behavior management is an important aspect of the program. A system of positive reinforcement and behavioral consequences are used hand-in-hand to make positive changes in students’ behavior. With each positive change in behavior, more privileges and responsibilities become available.
The ultimate goal of the program is to return students to their home school setting with the skills and behaviors that will allow them to be successful. Transition back to a student’s home school generally begins on a part-time basis. Recommendations for reintegration are made on a case-by-case basis.