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The Future
The future

Programs for emotional and behavioral disorders are the most problematic and least successful services of special education. Research is consistent regarding the lack of improvement for children enrolled in these programs (Anderson, Kutash, & Duchnowski, 2001; Lane, Barton-Arwood, Nelson, & Wehby, 2008; Maggin, Wehby, Moore-Partin, Robertson, & Oliver, 2011; Siperstein, Wiley, & Forness, 2011).

Follow-up studies show that the educational, behavioral, and social outcomes of children placed in programs for emotional and behavioral disorders are the worst of any special education group. They are isolated, extremely deficient in academic skills, and unprepared socially for the critical transition to work. They do the poorest of any students in percentage in finishing school, finding postschool employment, and in the quality of their young adult lives ...

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