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Office of Special Education

Services for students with disabilities
from birth through age 21


Social Emotional Special Education Services 

Dr. Sandi I. Posner, Supervisor
Mrs. Melinda S. Bredow, Program Secretary

Office Location:
Hadley Farms
7401 Hadley Farms Drive
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879

Phone: 301-548-4930
Fax: 301-840 -7199
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Social Emotional Special Education Services

We foster academic and social emotional growth within our students. We seek to enhance the educational experience for children and youth who are experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges so that they can become healthy and productive individuals.

What We Do

Behavioral and Emotional Support Services are developed and implemented throughout MCPS for students who are experiencing behavioral and emotional challenges. Through the use of the multidisciplinary team, we empower students to reach their full potential. We will also develop student’s experiences in all classrooms through staff development, advocacy, and consultation.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Social Emotional Special Education Services?

In an effort to provide comprehensive services to students experiencing significant emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has established these services to meet the needs of students in Grades K–12 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties in school. By identifying developmentally appropriate learning strategies and interventions based on current research, staff addresses each individual’s needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Can someone come out & observe my child?

Observations of individual students can be requested through your child’s special education team.

What Social Emotional Special Education Service School will my child attend?

Students are assigned to the closest school that can provide the appropriate Social Emotional Special Education Services. Please contact the Office for Social Emotional Special Education Services at 301-548-4930 to determine which school your student would be assigned to.

We are moving to a different address in Montgomery County. My student is receiving Social Emotional Special Education Services. What school will he/she attend once we have moved?

Please contact the Office for Social Emotional Special Education Services at 301-548-4930 to determine which school your student would be assigned to.

Why was my child placed in a school with Social Emotional Special Education Services if they are not coded as a student with an emotional disability?

Students are placed based on the services and supports that they need as identified on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The educational disability code itself does not determine placement.