Emotional Disturbance (ED) Program
The students in Trumbull County Educational Service Center's (TCESC) Emotional Disturbance (ED) program exhibit specific characteristics over a long period of time and to a degree that affects the student's educational performance. The characteristics are as follows:
Inability to learn that is not explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.
Inability to build or maintain interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. Inability is due to anxiety, depressed mood, avoidance etc.
Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances. (reflective of depression, anxiety, reality distortion etc)
Pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
The term includes schizophrenia. The term does not apply to children who are socially maladjusted exclusive of Emotional Disturbance.
TCESC has fifteen ED classrooms serving students from 21 school districts whose disability results in aggressive, hostile behavior toward other students.
An ED supplemental services teacher assists with behavior planning, mainstreaming and the transitioning of ED students back to the home district. In addition, the supplemental services teacher travels to 21 districts enabling ED students to remain in their home schools.
TCESC's Transitional Adjustment Program (TAP) serves students whose behaviors are directed inward as a result of phobias, anxiety disorder, chronic depression or psychosis.
TCESC's Alternative Placement Program (APP) serves behavioral students throughout a modified school day.
Teachers trained in social-emotional behavior management are assigned to ED classrooms. A classroom assistant assists with documentation and instruction as directed by the classroom teacher.
The curriculum is consistent with the home district curriculum. Planning is based on State Academic Content Standards.
Social-emotional behavior management is individualized for each student in the program. Students in classroom programs receive counseling and sonsultation services from a TCESC psychologist on a weekly basis. Beginning 2018-2019, students will also receive outside counseling therapy through Valley Counseling Services.
TCESC provides related services such as speech and language therapy, work study, adaptive physical education and occupational therapy.
Community Busing Services provides student transportation to the classroom site.
To become eligible, a student must exhibit a history of social-emotional issues, provide information from social and mental health agencies and submit to a multifactored evaluation. An individual educational plan is then developed with the family and school prior to service.