Child Study Team Programs and Services
Special Education Services
The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Deptford 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?
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.
What are the responsibilities of the learning disabilities teacher consultant?
The Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) works in collaboration with other members of the CST to determine eligibility for special services. LDTCs also consult with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to provide research based instructional strategies to assist pupils struggling academically.
What are the responsibilities of the school social worker?
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.
Who are the Child Study Team members in each of our schools?
Please refer to the Directory to see the team members.
Special Education Programs
Is a classified student automatically assigned to a special education classroom
No. There are many instances where a classified youngster can continue to function in the regular classroom with special assistance.
Do classified students follow the same curriculum as those in the regular classroom?
Each classified student follows an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). This is a written plan describing in detail the child’s special education program. It is developed by members of the Child Study Team, a teacher and the child’s parents/guardians. The plan states the goals and objectives which parents and staff believe can be achieved during the school year.
Does the classified student participate in any regular school programs outside the special education class?
Yes. Special education students are integrated with the rest of the student body for academic and non-academic subjects, to the extent that the student can be successful. They also share a common lunch period and participate in grade level activities such as assemblies, field trips, etc. Instruction may be provided both in the student’s standard classroom and/or in a setting outside of the classroom.
What are the special education programs and services offered in the Deptford Township Public School District?
- General Education Class: Students eligible for special education may be able to learn effectively in a regular class if the teacher modifies the instruction or the materials. Special equipment (for example, a FM system, sign language interpreter, or tape recorder) may be available which allows children to perform adequately in a regular class. This may require the consultation of a special education professional.
- General Education with Aide: A supplementary aide works within the general education classroom to help make modification and accommodations for the general subjects.
- In Class Support: A general education classroom is instructed by a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers “Co-teach” using a variety of instruction models that include, one teacher instructing and the other moving around the classroom checking for understanding, both teachers instructing at the same time, or another model of support. This classroom contains both general education and special education students and follows the core curriculum content standards.
- Self-Contained Classes: These are special education class for children whose disability makes it difficult for them to perform successfully in most or all general academic classes. Teachers of self contained classes are often assisted by classroom aides. Children assigned to this class stay there for most academic subjects. The age span of children in the class cannot exceed four years. In some cases, children in special classes can be included in general education classes for particular subjects.
- Special Class (Out of District): This class is for children whose educational needs cannot be met in one of the special education programs available in the Deptford Township Public School District. The class is provided either through the Gloucester County Special Services School District, a special class in another nearby public school system, or an approved private special education school at no cost to parents.
- Home Instruction: Instruction at a student’s home by a certified teacher is provided temporarily while the student is recuperating from an illness or while a special education placement is being arranged.
- Preschool Disabilities Programs: School districts in New Jersey are obligated to provide educational programs to children from ages 3 to 5 who demonstrate developmental delays. These children are evaluated by a Child Study Team, and if special education is warranted, the child is recommended for a classification of Preschool Child with a Disability. Registration for the Preschool Disabilities Program can be completed by contacting the Office of Special Education and Special Programs, (856) 232-2700 during the school year.
- Related Services: A student may be found to need related services to reinforce or make beneficial their educational program. A specialist outside the classroom typically provides related services, either individually or in small groups. The specialist may also consult with your child’s teacher to coordinate the services with classroom lessons. The following are examples of related services: Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and/or Speech/Language Therapy.