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Kaitlin McCann 2/17/2011 This study examines the role of the special educator in the transition process dealing with students moving from a psychiatric impatient hospital environment to a general education setting. A national sample of special education teachers and other related services was taken which reported active involvement throughout the transition process. Any and all behavior problems were noted as well as skills, knowledge, or resources that would help facilitate a successful transition. Communication between hospital employees and school personnel was key and commonly addressed the following issues: the school staff’s knowledge of the disease or disorder, the schools staff’s feelings and attitudes toward the disease or disorder, information about the disease, the influence of the condition on the child’s psychological and academic functioning, parent involvement in the transition process, and appropriate expectations for the individual Each special education teacher was asked to
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