Emotional Disability Program
Emotional Disability (ED) is 1 of 12 disability categories specified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). Emotional Disability is a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics, displayed 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 or 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.
The Green Tree School & Services Emotional Disability program is designed with the intent to provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment that effectively assists students in achieving the goals by which they can return to a more typical educational setting. The service components offered include the following:
- comprehensive educational assessment and instruction
- therapeutic support in the form of individual and group counseling
- crisis management by trained staff
- behavioral guidance through challenges to cognitive patterns
- a comprehensive, intensive and predictable behavior management system
The Green Tree School & Services staff believes that by identifying the personal strengths of each individual, students can gain the confidence necessary to challenge their less productive behaviors. Students learn to rely on those strengths when confronting academic tasks which require positive risk-taking. Further, newly developing skills allow students to manage difficult interpersonal situations with strategies geared toward mediation and self-awareness.
The Green Tree School & Services academic program stresses those skills deemed necessary for success in today's complex world. Emphasis is placed on a foundation of critical skills formed from an integrated program of reading, writing, social studies, math, and science. Enrichment opportunities include art, physical education, computer instruction, Foods and Nutrition class, and music therapy. Vocational opportunities are generated once a student demonstrates success in our sequentially developed program which teaches self-assessment, job matching, employability skills, specific skills training, and offers apprenticeship opportunities. Finally, our program maintains a strong emphasis on community involvement, in the forms of long term as well as short term service learning projects.
Students in the Emotional Disability program participate in regular academic, athletic, and social activities in the community. These trips include walks in neighborhood, hiking in the woods, trips to a restaurant for lunch, shopping trips, swimming, sight-seeing, and academic field trips. The ages and interests of the students determine these activities. We strive to prepare our students to complete their high school program prepared to take their place in adult society to the greatest extent possible.
The Green Tree School & Services program for students with Emotional Disability is divided into to a Lower School and Upper School and is open to any child or young adult between the ages of 6-21. To become eligible for the program students must be diagnosed and referred to Green Tree School & Services by their local school district. Local school district and the state department of education share tuition costs. Transportation is provided by the local school district.
Research and Training
There is a growing field of medical and educational research about how best to diagnose, treat, and educate persons with Emotional Disability. Green Tree recognizes the need to keep up with changes and the understanding of the disorder. Our teachers meet at least six times a year for instruction on techniques in educational, therapeutic, and behavior modification.