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Child Study Team Members

School Social Worker:

The social worker’s primary responsibility is as a member of the Child Study Team. As such, the social worker contributes to the CST evaluation process by conducting a “social history evaluation.” The social history evaluation is an assessment of the developmental and psychosocial factors (social, emotional, physical, behavioral and cultural) that may impact a child’s adjustment to and performance in school. The school social worker also provides counseling, crisis intervention and consultation services, as well as helping families’ access community services.

 

Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant (LDT/C): The Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant is a master teacher who functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician, instructional programmer, Child Study Team member, educational consultant and instructional leader. The LDT/C must have the professional preparation to make assessments, analyses, and classifications of students’ learning differences; understand and implement special education law; plan and facilitate delivery of programs for children with learning differences; transfer specific and successful instructional techniques to classroom teachers through consultation, collaboration, and in-service education; and effectively communicate and consult with parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators. Performing an educational assessment shall be the responsibility of a learning disabilities teacher/consultant employed by the district board of education. It shall include review of the student’s educational history, input from the student’s teacher(s), and an evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics.

School Psychologist: The school psychologist consults with the student's teachers and assesses the student's current cognitive (thinking and learning), social, adaptive, and emotional status. The activities involved in the evaluation vary at times from student to student but, in general, most children are given an intelligence test to determine a child's expected levels of academic achievement and the degree of success within the academic program. For certain students based on the nature and severity of their educational disabilities, the school psychologist provides counseling, crisis intervention or consultation services.

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