Education plays a critical role in the development of children.The Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 Emotional Support Program services children who have been identified as needing an individualized level of intervention beyond the general education classroom.

    IU8’s program: 

  • Utilizes structured routines and activities
  • Helps students manage and improve their behavior and personal adjustment
  • Provides opportunities for academic success
  • Includes supplementary aids and services as identified by the special education process such as psychological services, social work services, school nurse, and transportation
  • Assists school districts and parents in linking with other community resources

    Itinerant Emotional Support


    Students remain in the general school setting and meet individually or in small groups with an Emotional Support teacher. The IEP Team decides frequency, duration of services, and sets the goals to be accomplished. 

    The support can include: 
  • Assisting the students in the development of work and study skills
  • Enhancing student self-esteem and confidence
  • Teaching strategies for managing school and environmental stress
  • Teaching skills to cope with emotional, behavioral, and academic problems
  • Facilitating communication among the student, school personnel, parents, and others
  • Consulting with school and agency personnel on educational and behavioral strategies for the student
  • Assist the IEP Team in developing a positive behavioral support plan that addresses strategies and supports to ensure consistent and effective methods to help students demonstrate appropriate behaviors
  • Classroom Emotional Support


    Classroom emotional support focuses on increasing a child’s ability to function within the general education environment by acquiring skills in problem solving, effective coping strategies, self-management, communication, age appropriate socialization, and anger management. The program also includes: 

  • Academic instruction by teachers certified in Special Education
  • Individualized Education Planning
  • Behavioral Support Planning
  • Opportunities for participation with general education peers