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Emotional Impairment

This page holds the current legal definition of an emotional impairment according to the special education law from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

This resource offers educators a variety of tips for how to support their students’ mental health, especially when they aren’t seeing them face-to-face every day. Though learning has been returning to an in-person setting as the pandemic evolves, these strategies remain relevant as students face their emotional and social challenges. Teachers are encouraged to emphasize social emotional learning, strengthen students’ relationships with each other, incorporate hands-on activities, and introduce mindfulness and relaxation techniques in the classroom.

This site provides links to the many organizations dealing with mental health in terms of education, intervention, and assistance. Specific resources focusing on particular disorders are included, along with links to general information and mental health services. There’s also a great quick-read fact sheet that dives into the specific disorders here:

This article contains information on supporting people with disabilities across Cape Cod, offers skill training and employment along with other benefits such as therapeutic services. Extracurricular activities and employment are great ways to serve a community, and they also nurture culture curiosity and respect. Diversity is seen as important to them because disabilities happen to people regardless of their race.

This is the home page for Wediko Children’s Services, which works with students who are facing obstacles in their lives due to a broad spectrum of social, behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges. Wediko connects with the students, their families, and their teachers to provide them with empowering opportunities. Its services include a residential treatment center, a summer camp, community- and school-based programs.

This resource provides information and quick important facts for parents navigating the education system with their child experiencing emotional impairment. Federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are briefly explained, along with the services and accommodations they guarantee.

Lives in the Balance is a non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene and based on his collaborative and active solutions approach. It offers a variety of educational resources and support to families and teachers, and its advocacy efforts address the systemic issues with counterproductive punitive interventions. The general resource page can be accessed here, and it covers a variety of topics for both parents and educators.

This page was last updated on: 06/09/2021
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