Welcome to the Child Study Team Web Page


  Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

Ms. Jennifer Castoro, M.S.Ed.

jcastoro@slheights.org

Ext. 207

Monday-Friday 8:15-3:07

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School Psychologist

 Ms. Jeannine McDonald, M.A. 

jmcdonald@slheights.org

Ext. 206

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:15-3:07

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Social Worker

Mrs. Nicole Mariano, M.S.W.  

nmariano@slheights.org

Ext. 205

Wednesday & Thursday 9:30-2:30

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What Is The Child Study Team?

The Child Study Team (CST) is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals employed by the Spring Lake Heights Board of Education.  These professionals consist of a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, School Psychologist, and Social Worker who provide consultative, evaluative, services and interventions to teachers and parents. The team has a number of responsibilities including consultation, identification, diagnosis, classification and formulation of recommendations for remediation of learning and behavior problems.  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 and parents to develop students’ Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.).

The Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant (LDT-C) is trained to assess the learning styles of students, to evaluate the achievement levels in the core content areas (reading, written language and mathematics) and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student. 

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 may also provide counseling regarding school related issues that directly affect the student's academic performance.

The Social Worker assesses 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 may also provide counseling regarding school related issues that directly affect the students academic performance.

Presently the Child Study Team at Spring Lake Heights School consists of a full time LDT-C,  a part time school psychologist (3 days per week), and a part time social worker (10 hours per week) and as needed for social evaluations.

Helpful Sites:

http://www.nasponline.org/families/index.aspx

http://www.autismspeaks.org/

http://www.monmouthresourcenet.org/

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/home/hotlines.html

http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/form/prise/prise.pdf

http://www.state.nj.us/education/parents/

http://www.sptsnj.org/educators/

http://www.fscnj.org/

www.pbskids.org/itsmylife/family

Hotlines:

Nineline: 1-800-999-9999

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK ( www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org )

nd Floor: 888-222-2228 ( www.2ndFloor.org )