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Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED)

Definition: A child with a Serious Emotional Disability shall have emotional or social functioning which prevents the child from receiving reasonable educational benefit from general education.


Professional Development Opportunities

Webinar:  Increasing Academic Achievement for Students with Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED), a closer look at implementing the IEP collaboratively across environments
Presented by Julia Wigert, CDE School Psychology Specialist and Kristi Fozard, CDE Serious Emotional Disability

Webinar: Students with Serious Emotional Disabiity (SED) and Literacy


Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Serious Emotional Disability
(for use by districts that have adopted  SED criteria)


Guidebook for Determining the Eligibility of Students with SIED
(for use by districts that have not adopted SED criteria - can be used until July 2016)

The purpose of this guidebook is to help parents, teachers, administrators and mental health professionals become knowledgeable about the special education eligibility process for students with emotional disabilities.

For more information about Serious Emotional Disabilities, please contact:

Julia Wigert
Phone: (303) 866-6933

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