Emotionally Disturbed
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The goal of the ED program is to provide behavioral and curricular remediation to the maximum extent possible, enabling the student to become self-sufficient and to participate in a more normalized setting.  This goal is accomplished through a highly individualized educational program utilizing a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and affective techniques. These instructional strategies are implemented by trained, experienced teachers and support staff to bring about measurable academic, social, and behavioral change.  The students progress through the program will be clearly identifiable, and his or her removal from the program will always occur at the earliest possible date once the student's IEP goals have been accomplished.  Supervision is provided by the Educational Service Center of Auglaize County for staff and students participating in this program.
For further information contact:
Amy Becher, ED Director of Special Education
Phone: 419-739-0128
Email: [email protected]
Three Emotionally Disturbed classrooms exist.  The Elementary ED unit is located at Cridersville Elementary.  The Middle School unit is located at Wapakoneta Middle School.  The High School unit is located at Wapakoneta High School.

The students in Auglaize County Educational Service Center's Emotional Disturbance Center's program exhibit specific characteristics over a long period of time and to a degree that affects the student's educational performance.  The characteristics are as follows:


  • Inability to learn that is not explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.
  • Inability to build or maintain interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.  Inability is due to anxiety, depressed mood, avoidance etc.
  • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances.  (reflective of depression, anxiety, reality distortion, etc.)
  • Pervassive mood of unhappiness or depression.
  • A tendancy to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
  • Provide highly skilled and licensed/certified staff including a teacher and paraprofessional.
  • Promote and facilitate access to the general education environment, with appropriate supports for students.
  • Provide comprehensive services for students with significant emotional and behavioral challenges in the public school setting.
  • Provide instruction in academic content areas.
  • Develop and implement IEPs designed to meet the unique need of students with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Provide quality supervision, evaluation and professional development for classroom staff.
  • Work collaboratively with district personnel as an objective member of the ETR and IEP teams.
  • Team of professionals to assist students, parent and district personnel.
  • Highly specialized and structured learning environment.
  • Small group instruction
  • Provide highly trained staff, specializing in the delivery of educational services for students with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Liaison between school and mental health agencies in the community. (Health Dept., Jobs and Family Services, MRDD, Juvenile Court).


Auglaize County Educational Service Center collaborates with New Knoxville, New Bremen, Minster, Waynesfield, St.Marys, Wapakoneta, school districts to place students into our program. If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact the Special Education Director in your local school district.

Auglaize County ESC | 1045 Dearbaugh Ave, Suite #2 | Wapakoneta, OH 45895 | Phone: 419-738-3422 | Fax: 419-738-1267
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