Child Study Team

WHAT IS THE CHILD STUDY TEAM?

Description:

The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Ridgewood 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 consultant (LDT-C) is trained to determine the learning styles of students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student. This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.


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 George Washington Middle School?


Jennifer Ajosa, Psy.D., District Psychologist

Courtney Weiss-Chromeck, District LDT-C

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Additional Related Services*:

Wendy Padykula, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist

Jessica Vasquez, District Physical Therapist

Amanda Lysiak, District Behavior Consultant

Kimberly Sansone, District Occupational Therapist

*see Additional Related Services link below for more information


Child Study Team Contacts

Lindsey Barclay, CST Secretary

Business: 201-670-2790 x 40533

Email: lbarclay@ridgewood.k12.nj.us

Courtney Weiss-Chromeck, LDT-C

Business: 201-670-2790 x 10825

Email: cchromeck@ridgewood.k12.nj.us


Jennifer Ajosa, Psy.D., District Psychologist

Business: 201-670-2700 x 10824

Email: jajosa@ridgewood.k12.nj.us


Wendy Padykula, CCC, SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist

Business: 201-670-2700 x 10829

Email: wpadykula@ridgewood.k12.nj.us