A student with an emotional disturbance is:
- a student who has been evaluated by a licensed specialist in school psychology, or psychiatrist, and determined to be seriously emotionally disturbed, as defined in Federal regulations and state law. The evaluation shall also include specific recommendations for behavioral management in the educational setting.
Seriously emotional disturbance is defined as a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, which adversely affects educational performance:
- an inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors;
- an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers;
- inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances;
- a general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or
- 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, unless it is determined that they have a serious emotional disturbance.
The report of individual assessment from the evaluating professional must specify
recommendations for behavioral management in the educational setting.