Child Study Team

Child Study Team

The Child Study Team includes the Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, School Psychologist, and School Social Worker. Depending on the areas of concern for each individual child, the team may also include other specialists like a Speech and Language Therapist, Counselor, Behavior Specialist, Occupational Therapist, or Physical Therapist.


The Referral Process:

1. Prereferral
SHRSD incorporates a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to identify and address students’ educational needs. The Intervention and Referral Services Teams in each school provide a framework for data driven collaborative teamwork to identify and support the learning needs of students demonstrating academic and behavioral challenges. Through the I&RS process, parents, caregivers, and district staff work together to utilize general education interventions and resources to achieve targeted goals prior to evaluating a child for potential special education identification. Based on the outcomes of interventions, the child may or may not be referred to the Child Study Team for potential special education evaluation.

2. Referral to the Child Study Team
Students may be referred to the Child Study Team through the I&RS Team, School Administration, and Parents and Guardians. To make a referral, the written request should be submitted to the building principal or directly to the Office of Special Services. When the written referral is received, a Case Manager is assigned to work with the family and an Initial Referral meeting is scheduled.

3. The Evaluation Process
Once it has been determined that an evaluation for potential special education eligibility is warranted parents are asked to provide consent to begin testing. Parent consent is required in order for initial evaluations to take place. Once consent is received, the evaluation process concludes with an eligibility determination and, if appropriate, a proposed Individual Education Program for the student within 90 calendar days.


Resources for Parents and Families

  • Parents Rights in Special Education
  • NJAC 6A:14
  • SPAN Parent Advocacy Network


    Special Education Parents Advisory Group (SEPAG)

    The SEPAG is primarily made up of parents for the purpose of sharing information and helping to guide special education programs and services to align with the needs and goals of our community. Working in partnership with the district, parents support one another and their schools for the benefit of all students with special needs.

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