Bradley Beach Child Study Team

Alison Zylinski, MSW, LCSW

Supervisor of Special Services

 732-775-4413 x119

Jessica Stephan, School Psychologist x120



Why are IEPs Important?

IEP= Individualized Educational Program
Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

To create an effective IEP, parents, teachers, other school staff--and often the student--must come together to look closely at the student's unique needs. These individuals pool knowledge, experience and commitment to design an educational program that will help the student be involved in, and progress in, the general curriculum. The IEP guides the delivery of special education supports and services for the student with a disability. Without a doubt, writing--and implementing--an effective IEP requires teamwork.

What is Transition Planning?
 Planning for the future is part of any student’s education.  For students with disabilities, this includes transition services. 

Transition services help a student move from school to adult life.  The services depend on the student’s needs and interests.  They help students with everything from work to school to fun.  A student can get help to go to college or other school after high school.  Transition services also help students get jobs, find a place to live, and be a part of the community. 

The IEP team has to start planning when the student turns 14 or starts ninth grade.  They can start earlier, but never later.  They need to look at what classes the student is taking.  The student’s classes should match with what s/he wants to do after graduation.  If the student wants to go on in school, s/he needs classes to prepare for college.  If the student wants to learn a skill or a trade, s/he might need a vocational education program. 

The IEP team needs to figure out what help the student might need for these programs.  This information goes into the transition section of the IEP document.  By age 16, the IEP should list all services the student will need to move from school to post-school.

It is around this time when students begin being invited to and attending their IEP meetings.  This is important, as they then can learn their rights as students and to advocate for themselves.

Child Find
If you know of a child that may be in need of services go to:

Or call 732-775-4413 x 119/120

NJ Children's System of Care - Perform Care

Provides free services to children with emotional or developmental difficulties. Website explains all the services they can offer children and families.

1-877-652-7624 Available 24/7