Special Education Implications of Point and Cumulative Prevalence for Children With Emotional or Behavioral Disorders

Forness, Freeman, Paparella, Kauffman, and Walker report that prevelence of children with emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD) has previously focused almost exclusively on point prevalence or the number of children with EBD presumably needing services at any single point in time.  Cumulative prevalence, on the other hand, is the number of children who have had EBD at some point in their lives before high school graduation. In the authors’ review of both types of prevalence, they found that estimates of the latter far exceed those of the former, significantly highlighting the service gap that exists between prevalence estimates and special education identification.

Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2012, 20, 4-18

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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