CHILD STUDY TEAM SERVICES
The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Hainesport Township School District Board of Education who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to faculty, staff 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. Also, in some instances, the speech language specialist/therapist acts as a member of the Child Study Team.
Mrs. Marjorie Pollock
(609) 267-1316 ext. 210
The school psychologist has expertise in determining a child’s level of cognitive and conceptual development. In addition, the psychologist is concerned with the emotional status of the student and how both internal and external factors may affect behavior and performance in school. The school psychologist works with both general education and special education teachers to maximize a student’s potential.
LEARNING DISABILITIES TEACHER CONSULTANT (LDT-C)
Mrs. Marie DeWitt
(609) 267-1316 ext. 211
The learning disabilities teacher consultant (LDT-C) is trained to determine the learning styles of students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student. This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Mrs. Tracey Huster
(609) 267-1316 ext. 212
The expertise of the social worker lies in assessing 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.
Mrs. Kelly Murphy
(609) 267-1316 ext. 282
Mrs. Samantha Compton
(609) 267-1316 ext. 284
The development of age appropriate speech and language skills is essential to the learning process and to a student’s social, emotional, and academic growth. Students must be able to comprehend language, express their thoughts and opinions, interact effectively and efficiently with peers and adults, and produce speech that others can easily understand. The Hainesport Township School District provides speech and language services to students who demonstrate a need to improve their speech and language skills in articulation, language, fluency, or voice disorder in order to achieve academic success. The speech/language therapist is a professional who assesses students and determines the need for therapeutic intervention due to exhibited difficulties in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, or voice disorder. The speech/language therapist will develop and implement programming as necessary upon discovery that a student qualifies for this special remedial service. In this case, the speech/language therapist acts as “case manager” to assure programming is appropriate for students determined Eligible for Speech and Language Services. Assessment by this professional also is used to determine eligibility under the category of Communication Impaired as a part of a full Child Study Team Evaluation. When this occurs the speech/language therapist is responsible for developing and implementing programming as necessary to meet a student’s needs in this special area, but does not act as case manager.