Sent: Monday, March 07, 2016 12:11 PM
Subject: Specially Designed Instruction for ED
Dear PENT Cadre Members, SELPA Directors, and Supporters at large:
As many of you may know, I spend a lot of my time establishing and supporting effective programs for students with emotional disturbance. With effective specialized instruction, we are seeing recovery of many students.
Yet, it has come to my attention that in some locations in our country, there is a misunderstanding of what it means to deliver services to our emotionally disturbed populations. I have seen students “fully included” with one or two aides in tow, in all general education classes with no actual benefit to the student in terms of ameliorating the disturbance. The aide simply sits with the student, and when the student wishes to leave, the aide “goes for a walk” or returns them to some designated special education teacher to “cool down.”
As we know, LRE should be determined by data that demonstrates the improved emotional/behavioral status of the student. If there is a lack of success, then the IEP team must determine what specially designed instruction unique to this student will potentially address the problem as well as what related service may help ameliorate the problem so the student can benefit from his special education.
Here is the link to a document some of my client schools around the country have found helpful. It may be of benefit to us in PENT. http://www.pent.ca.gov/mh/instructionfored.pdf.
None of us is as skilled as all of us!
Diana Browning Wright
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