This session briefly explores issues relevant to applying IDEA’s Emotional Disturbance eligibility criteria. Topics discussed are the identification of a “condition” and the need to connect such to at least one of the five emotional disturbance characteristics. Also examined are the three limiting criteria, what their function is, and how to ensure that they are addressed within an emotional disturbance eligibility determination.
Dr. Stephen E. Brock is a Professor, and the School Psychology Program Coordinator, in the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). A Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist, Dr. Brock worked for 18 years as a school psychologist with the Lodi (CA) Unified School District (the last 6 of which included assignment as Lead Psychologist) before joining the CSUS faculty. As a school psychologist he helped to develop the district’s school crisis response protocol, served on an autism specialty team, and specialized in functional behavioral assessment. A member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1985, Dr. Brock currently serves as a Contributing Editor to the Communiqué (the NASP newsletter), was a founding member of NASP’s School Safety and Crisis Response Committee, current Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, and a NASP Past-President. He is the lead editor of the Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention (2nd ed.), lead author of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model, and a lead author of the NASP PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention Curriculum. Dr. Brock’s academic work has included study of school-based crisis intervention; system level school crisis response; suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention; ADHD; functional behavioral assessment; violence prevention; threat assessment; reading; and autism and other developmental psychopathologies. His curriculum vita lists over 300 publications (including 13 book titles) and over 3 invited or refereed state/national/international conference presentations.