by Michael H. Epstein, EdD and Douglas Cullinan
Purpose: Identify individuals with emotional disturbance
Age: 5 to 18 years
Time: 30- 50 minutes
Qualification Level: A (Psychologist)
The SAED-2 assists special education teachers, educational psychologists and other professionals in identifying students with emotional disturbance (ED). It was normed on two large representative samples of students, one with Emotional Disturbance and the other without. Gathered information can be used to select IEP goals, supplement functional behaviour assessments, document progress, and facilitate research.
The three components of the SAED-2 each may be used alone or in various combinations of two or three:
- Rating Scale. This reliable, standardised, norm-referenced instrument contains seven scales: (a) Inability to Learn, (b) Relationship Problems, (c) Inappropriate Behaviour, (d) Unhappiness or Depression, (e) Physical Symptoms or Fears, (f) Socially Maladjusted, and (g) Adverse Effect on Educational Performance.
- Developmental/Educational Questionnaire. This supplemental assessment tool is designed to gather information from the student's parent or other primary caregiver.
- Observation Form. This supplemental assessment tool relies directly on observation methods to assess target behaviours, classroom behaviour, and emotional problems of students. It measures observable aspects of the five federal definitions of ED characteristics: (a) Inability to Learn, (b) Relationship Problems, (c) Inappropriate Behaviour, (d) Unhappiness or Depression, and (e) Physical Symptoms or Fears.