Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Working with students identified with emotional disturbance (ED) can be a difficult and challenging task. They often have dramatic shifts in moods, temper tantrums, poor coping skills and aggressive behavior, Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), they have a civil right to a public education like their typical developing peers. ED students have become a daily part of mainstreaming and inclusion in public school settings. With the rising number of ED students, it is very important that public schools have a proper support system in place to work with both the students and teachers, By working with ED students at an elementary school in Santa Cruz, there is a need to develop a support system to increase these students success while being able to manage their undesirable behaviors, By working collaboratively with special and mainstream teachers, the school psychologist and the principal, this capstone examines the development of a behavioral protocol to provide a basic training for mainstream teachers how to work with ED students in their classrooms.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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