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Tupelo students benefit from Day Treatment Program

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Updated: 9/19/2013 5:21 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Fourth grade teacher Kristen Roberts says ever since the Tupelo Public School District teamed up this year with Region III Mental Health Center she's noticed a difference in her students with behavioral problems.

Roberts said, "Since they've been going, I have not had as many outbursts from these students. As a matter of fact, you wouldn't know these students were problem students when you came into my room."

Twenty kindergarten through fifth grade Tupelo students are taking part right now in what's called a Day Treatment Program.

They meet at the school with support therapists five days a week for a couple of hours each day.

Lawndale Elementary Principal Brock English said, "Within the classroom they work on behavioral skills, and they focus on ways to express themselves in an appropriate manner. They also do games and other activities to improve social and behavioral skills."

The principal says teachers submit referrals to Region III officials.

It's an assistance program where both educators and parents of the students are on board.

Roberts said, "You can't manage that one student and make them happy when you have 20 other students who need your help as well."

English said, "That's what that program does. It helps them work through those issues they might be having. It gives them the skills they need to be able to perform academically and behaviorally in the general classroom."

The principal says that ultimately means success for more students in the school system.
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