Tag Archives: mental illness

Emotional Disabilities Under the IDEA: The Intersection Between Special Education and Mental Health Issues

Published on May 14, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

I have been concerned for years about what I see as a growing population of students with mental health concerns who require special education services.  So many times these students, who are often bright, are ignored and not referred for special education services because they perform well on standardized testing.  It is incredibly frustrating!  Please […]

A Call to Professionals Working with Children with Special Education Needs: Why We Are Failing those with Mental Illness

Published on April 6, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I was recently contacted by a parent whose child had been diagnosed with numerous psychiatric disorders. Two things became immediately apparent to me in the intake interview: 1) the child was being royally screwed by his school district, and 2) the mother was mentally unstable. I found myself torn, not for the first time, over […]