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Securing School-Based Mental Health Services For Students With Disabilities: An Illustration Of The Six-Component Approach

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Teaching Exceptional Children


The IDEA requires schools to evaluate and provide services to students who have a mental health issue that is deemed an educational disability or a mental health issue that is comorbid with an educational disability. Etscheidt and colleagues (this issue) propose a six component approach to securing school-based mental health services for students with disabilities. This article illustrates the six component approach using two vignettes. The first vignette involves a preschool student referred due to aggression who has not been previously identified as eligible for special education. The second vignette involves a 5th grade student who was receiving special education services under the category of SLD who’s academic progress had plateaued.


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Special Education

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