New book provides legally aligned assessment practices for identification, evaluation of students with ED

Assessment and Identification of Students with Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Needs covers the intricacies of the IDEA disability category emotional disturbance
By: | December 12, 2019

Emotional disturbance is arguably the most subjective IDEA category and one of the most difficult to assess. Because the category is so subjective, school districts often struggle with how to identify and evaluate students with an emotional disturbance, which can result in overidentification of certain students, and a lack of services for those students who may require them.

To help districts understand their duties for identifying and evaluating students with ED, LRP Media Group, a recognized leader in the special education publishing industry, has released Assessment and Identification of Students with Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Needs.

This book helps the reader learn how to:

  • Understand the federal ED definition, the five characteristics and elements of ED, and the social maladjustment caveat.
  • Simplify evaluation and identification processes.
  • Recognize and consider cultural, racial, and gender biases to avoid overidentification of certain students.
  • Determine whether a student has an ED or a social maladjustment.
  • Apply lessons learned from case law.

This resource is a must-have for the busy educator looking to better serve students with ED while complying with the IDEA.

Assessment and Identification of Students with Emotional Disturbance and Behavioral Needs is available for purchase from LRP Media Group’s online store.


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