Child Study Teams

Understanding a School Child Study Team and its Roles

What is a Child Study Team?

  • Child Study Teams (CST) are multidisciplinary groups of professionals typically employed by the board of education to provide parents and teachers with a variety of learning related services. These services include consultative, evaluative and prescriptive services for students who are experiencing academic difficulties. A typical CST consists of a psychologist, a social worker, and alearning disabilities teacher-consultant.

    -       Source: Special Education News, September 2014

Roles of the Child Study Team Members

  • School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school Child Study Teams that support students’ abilities to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

    -       Source: National Association of School Psychologists


    School Social Workers are integral members of school Child Study Teams that bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. In particular, School Social Workers are trained in mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as with individual and group counseling techniques. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.

    -       Source: School Social Work Association of America


    Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultants (LDT-C) are master teachers who function in the school environment as educational diagnosticians, instructional programmers, Child Study Team members, educational consultants, and instructional leaders. The LDT-C must have the professional preparation to make assessments, analyses, and classifications of students’ learning differences; understand and implement special education law; plan and facilitate delivery of programs for children with learning differences; transfer specific and successful instructional techniques to classroom teachers through consultation, collaboration, and in-service education; and effectively communicate with parents, teachers, and administrators. An educational assessment shall be the responsibility of an LDT-C and shall include observations of the student in other than a testing session, review of the student’s educational history, conferences with the student’s teachers, and an evaluation and analysis of the student’s academic performance and learning characteristics.

    -       Source: NJ Association of Learning Consultants