Orange County Teachers Coach Elementary Students With Emotional Disorders at Cherokee School
The Cherokee School in Orlando was highlighted in this November, 2011 piece in the Orlando Sentinel. The Cherokee School has served students with emotional and other disabilities since 1978, and for the past seven years, it has focused only on those with emotional and behavioral troubles.
"The fourth-graders say they like regular five-minute breaks such as these because it means ‘less work.’ But that's not the real reason for the pauses between lessons on compound words and multiplication. The play sessions—up to four an hour — reward students for being attentive and help reduce disruptions during academic time.
The boys attend Cherokee School in Orlando, where every child has been rejected elsewhere because of behavior. In special-education parlance, these boys—and they usually are boys—have emotional and behavioral disorders. Nearly all have attended at least two other schools first."