Child Study Team
Ami Dash, Social Worker
Sarah Florio, School Psychologist
Kathy Grennan, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
Margie Auer, Occupational Therapist
Donna Conklin, Physical Therapist
Amanda Davis, Behaviorist
Agnes Douma, Speech/Language Pathologist
Roles of the Child Study Team
The School Psychologist has expertise in determining a child’s level of cognitive and conceptual development. In addition, the psychologist is concerned with the emotional status of the student, and how both internal and external factors may affect behavior and performance in school. The school psychologist works with both general education and special education teachers and students. In certain circumstances the school psychologist provides group and individual counseling to students.
The Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC) is trained to determine the learning styles of the students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, to recommend specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit the student. This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.
The expertise of the Social Worker lies in assessing the student relative to the family, the school and the community. This professional generally gathers information concerning the student’s health, family, and school history as it pertains to the student’s current school functioning. The social worker also counsels students and assists in social skills development.
The Occupational Therapist uses their expertise to facilitate the areas of self cure, academic and/or vocational pursuits as well as play or leisure activities. The OT works with students, parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a student's academic program.
The Physical Therapist is a professional who treats students who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. A physical therapist examines each individual and develops a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
The Speech/Language Pathologist has expertise in developing speech and language skills, including articulation and fluency while correcting any vocal disorders. These are essential to the learning process and to the student's social, emotional and academic growth. The Speech/Language Pathologist works closely with students, parents and other educational staff members.