Our Emotional Support Program
Green Tree School & Services offers an Emotional Support program for students in Lower School (grades 1 – 8) and Upper School (grades 9 – 12). These programs serve students who have an educational classification of emotional disturbance. As defined by IDEA, emotional disturbance means 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.
Emotional Disturbance 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.
The Emotional Support 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
- crisis management by trained staff
- 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 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. Specials classes include art, music, health and physical education. 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 form of long term as well as short term service learning projects.
Students in the Emotional Support program participate in regular academic, athletic, and social activities in the community. 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.
Depending on their needs, students in the Emotional Support program may receive services including speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling. Additional services are provided as needed. Re-evaluations are conducted in collaboration with local school districts and in accordance with legal timelines.
Research and Training
There is a growing field of research regarding effective educational practices for students with emotional disturbance. Green Tree recognizes the need to remain current regarding best practices. As such, teachers and staff meet twice per month for professional development.
The Green Tree School & Services Emotional Support program is open to students between the ages of 5 and 21 who are classified with an emotional disturbance. Students must be referred to Green Tree School & Services by their local school district. Tuition costs are shared by the local school district and the state department of education. Transportation is provided by the local school district.