Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders


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Published In C. M. Nelson & B. Illack (Eds.), Emerging school-based approaches for children with emotional and behavioral problems (New York: Haworth, 1996), pp. 169-186. Copyright 1996 Haworth Press. Used by permission.


There is no question that all students, especially those with serious emotional disturbance, benefit from a predictable, consistent, well-organized, and safe school environment. The purpose of this paper is to describe and illustrate an effective approach that has had positive results in achieving such a school environment. Specifically, the paper describes how to achieve effective ecological arrangements and common area routines across the school environment. In addition, we present a case study with preliminary results.