Special education students in the emotional disturbance category have the worst outcomes of all disability categories.
I wrote this paper with attorney Daniel Stewart. Together, we explored some of the reasons for these poor outcomes, from both a legal and psychiatric standpoint. We identified a number of issues related to policy choices, programmatic decisions, and results surrounding children eligible for special education.
Please read our article, "Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Special Education: Recommendations for System Redesign of a Failed Category," for our detailed findings and recommendations regarding the ED category..
Dr. William Dikel is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who provides a wide variety of psychiatric consultation services. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and provides consultation state-wide and nationally.