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Serious Emotional Disability (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 Learning (Serious Emotional Disability)

Webinar:  Discerning Social Maladjustment in Evaluations for Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

The Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Unit has provided a recording of a live webinar on discerning social maladjustments from Serious Emotional Disability (SED) when evaluating eligibility for SED recorded in December, 2016.

This webinar recording provides information on commonly understood definitions of social maladjustment, common characteristics of social maladjustment, an approach to determining whether a student qualifies for an SED when social maladjustment is present, and intervention resources.

Workshop: Transforming Disability Identification through Culturally Responsive Approaches
Featuring: Janine Jones, Ph.D.
The workshop held on June 18, 2015 focused on the problem of disproportionality and the over-representation of students of color identified for special education under the category of Emotional Disturbance.

Picture: Powerpoint cover for Through a New Lens by Dr. Janine Jones, June 18, 2015


Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Serious Emotional Disability


CDE SED Wikispaces
The Colorado Department of Education, with the help of the 2015 Serious Emotional Disability (SED) Taskforce, created a wikispace with various tools for collecting data, action planning, and measuring fidelity of and for behavior interventions, including Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).  This site allows for exploration of behavior tools: CDE Behavior Tools (Wikispaces)


Topic Briefs


Quality Indicator Tool for Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED) Programming (Excel Version)


Quality indicators are used to design and evaluate a program(s) for students with SED that is comprehensive and grounded in evidence-based practices.


For more information about Serious Emotional Disabilities, please contact:

Bill Brown
Phone: (303) 866-6712
Email Bill Brown



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