Child Study Team

  • East Brunswick and Piscataway employ two full-time Child Study Teams (CST). Our CST serve as liaisons to your local school district and other agencies that offer support for students eligible for special education and related services and their families. The CST at MCMS plays a central role in the development of Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), coordination of various aspects of state and campus-specific evaluations, and ongoing collaboration with students, staff, administration, and local school district case managers.

    Learning Disability Teacher Consultant

    A Learning Disability Teacher Consultant, or LDT-C, is an integral part of the CST. The role of the LDT-C is to effectively work with teachers to support students' learning characteristics. LDT-Cs assist in designing appropriate instructional plans in order to enable each student to maximize their learning potential and receive a thorough and efficient education. The primary role of the LDT-C is educational case management.

    School Psychologist 

    School psychologists are often viewed as the link between educational programs and clinical mental health practice. Their training emphasizes psychotherapy, diagnosis, clinical assessment, and how issues of cognitive and emotional functioning influence a child’s ability to function within their school program. At MCMS, school psychologists have several key responsibilities.

    School psychologists at MCMS serve as direct service providers, CST members, case managers, and clinical consultants. Their training emphasizes diagnostic and therapeutic skills, and they provide group and individual counseling sessions for students with behavioral and mental health issues. School Psychologists at MCMS also provide consultative services to clinicians and medical professionals who work with our students in their home or community settings. 

    School Social Worker

    School social workers are often viewed as the link between home, community, and school. Their training emphasizes how the environment might influence a child’s emotional and academic potential.   At MCMS, the social worker has several key responsibilities. First, they serve as a member of the CST along with the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant and School Psychologist.  This team uses a multidisciplinary approach to gain a comprehensive assessment of a student’s needs, suggests interventions and strategies to deal with individual issues, and monitors progress on specific treatment plans and programs.
    Social workers at MCMS also serve a primary role as direct service providers; offering crisis intervention, and group and individual counseling to students with social and behavioral challenges.  Collaboratively with the teacher, they develop goals and objectives to strengthen students’ social functioning with an emphasis on transferring these skills into less restrictive environments such as general education settings, workplaces, recreational activities and eventually post-secondary.