Trinitas Children's Therapy Services is approved by the State of New Jersey's Department of Education to provide Child Study Team (CST) Diagnostic Services to supplement existing district CST services and Independent Child Study Team Evaluations – as a second opinion. Please note that our Springfield facility is available for evaluations and is accessible via New Jersey Transit buses.
The Independent Child Study Team is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals, including a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT/C), School Psychologist and School Social Worker. The members of the team may work individually or collectively to provide collaborative services. Team members work in partnership with district staff, parents and other professionals to assess students' strengths and areas of need. Members of the team are available to provide training to staff and parents on selected topics.
The Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT/C) reviews current and educational history and conducts testing to examine and assess the student's learning attributes and academic performance. A variety of assessment techniques and instruments may be used including; formal standardized, diagnostic tests and informal measures such as observation and surveys. Once completed a report of findings is produced. The report may include interventions or modifications for consideration.
The School Psychologist assesses the child's current cognitive functioning, adaptive behavior, and social-emotional status. The psychological evaluation procedures include record review, student interview, administration of standardized tests, observations during testing, and communication with the child's teachers and case manager. Classroom observations are also conducted, as needed. The School Psychologist submits a written report of the evaluation which may include interventions or modifications for consideration.
The School Social Worker completes bio-psychosocial assessments through interviews with a child's parent or guardian. The bio-psychosocial assessment includes a review of birth, medical, developmental, educational, psychosocial, demographic variables and socio-cultural factors which can be considered contributory to a student presenting with educational and social-emotional difficulties. Additional record reviews, as well as consultation with classroom teachers and case managers, are also completed as a part of the evaluation process. The interviews can be done in English or Spanish. The Social History may include interventions or modifications for consideration.