Child Study Team
The Child Study Team (CST) is composed of professionals who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to teachers and parents. The team has a number of responsibilities including consultation, identification, diagnosis, classification and formulation of recommendations for remediation of various learning disabilities. Team members also serve as Case Managers for students receiving special education and related services and work closely with both special education and regular education teachers to develop students' Individual Education Programs. (I.E.P.).
The Child Study Team consists of Learning Consultant, Psychologist, Social Worker and Speech/Language Specialist (for preschoolers) as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The Learning Consultant (LDTC) is trained to assess the learning styles of students, to evaluate the achievement levels in the core content areas (reading, written language, mathematics and language (listening comprehension and oral expression) and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student.
The school psychologist areas of expertise are determining a child's level of cognitive and conceptual development. The School psychologist also assesses the emotional status of the student, and how both internal and external factors may affect behavior and performance in school. The school psychologist works collaboratively with the teachers to maximize a student's potential.
The Social Work is trained to assess the student relative to the family, the school, and the community. This professional generally gathers information concerning the student's health, family, and school history as it pertains to the student's current school functioning. The Social Worker is also the professional responsible for coordinating community resources on behalf of students and their families. Counseling is also provided by the School Social Worker for classified students.
Child Study Team Secretary
The Administrative Assistant has many responsibilities including scheduling meetings, mailing all documentation to parents, coordinating meetings with staff and parents, and supporting the everyday functions of the Child Study Team.
Related Service Providers
Related services help children with disabilities benefit from their special education by providing extra help and support in needed areas of communication, fine and gross motor skills. Related services can include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech Language Pathologist has expertise in developing speech and language skills, including articulation and fluency while correcting any vocal disorders. These are essential to the learning process and to the student's social, emotional and academic growth. The Speech Language Pathologist works closely with students, parents and other educational staff members.
Speech and Language Therapist
OT services can enhance a child’s ability to function in an educational program and may include such services such as self-help skills, adaptive skills, mobility, positioning, motor skills and sensory processing. The OT works with students, parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a student's academic program.
The Physical Therapist is a professional who treats students who have health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities in the educational setting.
The Behavior Specialist specializes in identifying, analyzing and the remediation of challenging behaviors. Behavior specialists conduct comprehensive assessments including interviews, and observations in order to identify the function and environmental contribution to the occurrence of problem behaviors (Functional Behavioral Assessment –FBA). These specialists will develop behavioral intervention plans and collaborate with and/or train additional team members (teachers, therapists, aides) that can implement the treatment.