Degrees and Certifications:
Child Study Team
The Child Study Team is composed of specialized staff members who are trained to study and evaluate a child's level of performance and to recommend strategies and interventions that could improve the child's school progress. Child Study Team personnel share many common skills such as child advocacy, understanding school functioning, knowledge and implementaiton of special education law, case management, transition planning, in-service training, research, and community collaboration.
Prior to a formal Child Study Team evaluation, interventions and strategies in a General Education classroom setting should be developed and implemented with their effectiveness documented over a period of time.
If a Child Study Team evaluaiton is indicated, it may consist of the following:
- A Social Evaluation- developmental and medical history of the child conducted by a School Social Worker
- A Learning Evlauation- an assessment of the child's learning strengths, weaknesses and academic achievement by the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
- A Psychological Evaluation- an appraisal of the child's potential for learning and social/emotional status by the School Psychologist.
A Child Study Team evaluation may be necessary to determine the basis of difficulties and whether the student is eligible for special education services.
To be eligible for special education and related services- A student must have a disability according to one of the eligibility categories; The disability must adversely affect the student's educational performance and the student must be in need of special education and related services (specially designed instruction). When a student is determined eligible for special educaiton services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for that student with a disability.
As a School Psychologist, I provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families and other school-employed mental health professional (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.
School Psychologists help schools successfully:
- Improve academic achievement
- Promote positive behavior and mental health
- Support diverse learners
- Create safe, positive school climates
- Strengthen family-school partnerships
- Improve school-wide assessment and accountability monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior