Sub Overview: Students with Emotional Disabilities​​​​​


SCOE educational programs for children with emotional disturbances include attention to providing emotional and behavioral support as well as helping them master academics, social skills, and increase self-awareness, self-control, and self-esteem.

The causes of emotional difficulties have not been specifically determined. Although various factors such as heredity, brain disorder, diet, stress, and family functioning have been suggested as possible causes, research has not shown any of these factors to be a direct and consistent cause of behavior or emotional problems.

Some of the characteristics and behaviors seen in children who have emotional disturbances include:

  • Hyperactivity (short attention span, impulsiveness)
  • Aggression/self-injurious behavior (acting out, fighting)
  • Withdrawal (failure to initiate interaction with others; retreat from exchanges of social interaction, excessive fear or anxiety)
  • Immaturity (inappropriate crying, temper tantrums, poor coping skills)
  • Learning difficulties (performing below grade due to the emotional overlays)

Scho​​ol Sites


  • Leo A. Palmiter Junior/Senior High School
  • Galt High School


  • Bannon Creek
  • Cyril Spinelli