The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Glassboro Board of Education who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to teachers and parents in regard to students who are experiencing school related difficulties.
Who are the members of the Child Study Team?
The members of the Child Study Team as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education are a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher consultant, and a school social worker.
What are the responsibilities of the School Psychologist?A School Psychologist provides psychological services to students to enhance school functioning. The School Psychologist completes psychological diagnostic evaluations for individual students using observations and a variety of standardized techniques to assess cognitive functioning and social, emotional, and behavioral status. The School Psychologist shares the findings with appropriate staff and family so that effective interventions and programs are provided with consideration to intellectual development and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. The School Psychologist can also support school personnel, families, and students with behavioral challenges that impact overall school functioning. This can include consultation, classroom observations, informal Functional Behavior Assessments, write and monitor behavior intervention plans, and providing social skills training and counseling services.
What are the responsibilities of the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant?
The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) uses their previous experiences as a teacher to observe and evaluate students from an educational perspective. A student that is evaluated by the CST often times has an Educational Assessment conducted by the LDT-C. The evaluation investigates the student’s educational history, supports in place and the effectiveness of these supports, interviews teachers, observe the student in the classroom setting and conduct standardized assessments. The LDT-C analyzes the information gained to determine learning strengths and weaknesses that may impact a student’s ability to progress in school. How the student compares academically with same age peers and looking at gaps in skill acquisition are important components in determining if a student requires an IEP. The LDT-C will provide a written report and make recommendations of effective interventions, strategies, and modifications to staff and family to promote learning.
What are the responsibilities of the School Social Worker?
The School Social Worker’s knowledge of social, emotional, cultural, and economic factors among children and families enable them to be the link between school, family, and community. School Social Workers complete Social History Assessments which include an evaluation of the student’s adaptive social functioning and information regarding the student’s development and family, social, and cultural factors which influence the student’s learning and behavior in the educational setting. Social Workers provide counseling services to students addressing issues that negatively impact school performance with the overall goal being attainment of academic success. The Social Worker also coordinates community resources on behalf of students and their families.What are the responsibilities of the Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists, OTs, work to ensure that students participate in their full educational program from paying attention to behaving appropriately in class. OTs help students perform tasks necessary for participating in learning. OT practitioners work to provide consultation to teachers about how classroom design affects attention, why children behave inappropriately at times, and where best to seat a child based on their learning style or other needs. OT may be recommended for an individual student for reasons that might be affecting his or her learning or behavior, such as motor skills, cognitive processing, visual or perceptual problems, difficulties staying on task, disorganization, or inappropriate sensory responses.
What are the responsibilities of the Speech Specialist?
The speech-language specialist evaluates and provides speech and language therapy to students who have difficulties in any of the following areas: articulation, language, voice, speech fluency, and/or pragmatics. Speech-language therapy involves preparing and implementing lessons based on each child's individualized education plan. Therapy may be done in or out of the classroom. In addition, the speech language specialist may consult with teachers and parents on strategies for facilitating the generalization of skills taught in speech-language therapy to real situations in the classroom or at home.All CST staff can be reached at 856-652-2700 unless otherwise noted.
- Christine Williams, Supervisor of Special Services/Homeless Liaison x6405 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yvette Clark, Learning Consultant x6412 email@example.com
- Dr. Kelly Yanek, School Psychologist x6413 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beth Grygo, Occupational Therapist x6414 email@example.com
- Gina Keating, School Psychologist x6415 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lora Krick, School Psychologist x6416 email@example.com
- Melody Olaye, School Social Worker x6418 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Foreman, Speech Language Specialist x6417 email@example.com
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- Andrea Giroux, Learning Consultant x6420 email@example.com
- Deb Zabel, Speech Therapist x6422 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Beth Torbik, School Social Worker x6421 email@example.com
- Sondra Jacob, Occupational Therapist e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosiland Gary, School Physical Therapist e-mail email@example.com
- Michele Palumbo, Supervisor’s Secretary x6401 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serena Johnston, CST Secretary x6403 email@example.com
- Ronnie Gianforcaro, CST Secretary x6402 firstname.lastname@example.org