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Behavioral, Emotional and Social Training Program (BEST)

The Behavioral, Emotional and Social Training, or BEST, program uses a team approach to serve students with disabilities whose social, emotional and behavioral needs significantly impede their ability to access curriculum exclusively in the general education environment. Programming can include multi-grade grouping and can range from a full self-contained environment to the use of consultative services only.  BEST classes are located at Kingsley School, (Grades 1-6) and O’Neill Middle School.

Essential Elements:

  • Safe, positive and predictable environment staffed by program specialists who provide consistent and immediate direct instruction
  • Behavioral intervention planning and positive supports to increase school appropriate behaviors
  • Explicit instruction in coping/emotional, behavioral, social skills and sensory regulation
  • An integrated team approach that uses a proactive, systematic response to behavior and whose skill-set specifically addresses social/emotional needs
  • Access to general education environment and peers with support
  • Flexible and individualized academic instruction that emphasizes core instruction aligned to state standards

Who Do We Serve?

Students who exhibit…

  • Limited coping skills or an inability to consistently access coping skills independently
  • Anxiety and anger that impedes their progress
  • A need for direct instruction to acquire social skills (dealing with others, managing emotions)
  • A range of learning needs and instructional learning levels
  • Mental health needs
  • A need for structure and integrated motivators
  • External locus of control
  • A need for space and relationship building with limited amounts of staff


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
    • What is CBT?
      • CBT is a form of therapy that encourages children to look at their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It shows them how to replace negative thoughts with more realistic, positive ones.
      • Rather than focusing on the past, CBT helps kids focus on the present and the future, and to realize they have control over their behaviors.
  • Sensory Tools & Strategies Available in the Classroom:
    • Exercise Bands
    • Theraputty
    • Trampoline
    • Stress Balls
    • Headphones/Earbuds
    • Velcro
    • Movement Breaks
    • Deep Breathing
    • Sugarless Chewing Gum
    • Quiet Classroom Corner