CHILD STUDY TEAM
The Child Study Team (CST) includes the parent, teacher, administrator, and other interest persons such as social worker, resource teacher, and outside community representatives. The CST uses a systematic problems solving approach to assist students who are not progressing at a staff The team has a number of responsibilities including consultation, identification, diagnosis, classification and formulation of recommendations to develop strategies which will assist students with various modifications, services, and resources in order to have positive outcomes on a student’s learning and behavior problems. A CST referral is a necessary prerequisite before convening a Child Study Team meeting. When PAC meetings are scheduled, a Child Study Team member attends these meetings in order to work collaboratively with other school personnel to develop strategies which will assist students with various modifications, services, and resources. Child Study Team evaluations may include assessments by the School Psychologist, Learning Consultant, School Social Worker, Speech/Language Specialist and other professionals. The School Psychologist assesses a child’s intellectual abilities, level of adaptive behavior, and helps to explain behavioral development. The Learning Consultant evaluates a child’s strengths and weaknesses related to his/her academic levels and learning characteristics. The School Social Worker interviews the parent to determine how the child’s home environment relates to the school situation and acts as liaison between the home, school and community agencies. A Speech/Language Specialist assesses the child’s speech and language development. The findings of the team members, including copies of reports, are shared with the parent/guardian and appropriate school personnel at a conference. The Child Study Team is not a Special Education function rather it is a general education function. However CST can make referrals for evaluations.