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MS in Special Education




Students with emotional disturbance (ED) oftentimes feel as though their ideas and opinions are ignored or not taken seriously. Unfortunately, they are often justified in feeling this way. As ED students have some of the highest dropout rates in the United States, it should be our goal as educators to do whatever is necessary to keep them in school and help them to succeed. Using these students' naturally strong will seems the best method of doing this. Allowing them to have some power over their own education may help to assuage their feeling of powerlessness. Yet how do we promote self-determination in ED students without seeming irresolute? When does it become necessary to take over the executive process? How do we ensure that the responsibility lies on the student? This paper will describe a number of strategies that may be used to optimize academic and behavioral performance for students with emotional disturbance.

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