Child Study Team

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 PHS Team

Eileen Dugan – Learning Consultant; 973-263-7001 x92338

Joe Giudice – School Psychologist; 973-263-7001 x92321

Jasmine Machado – Social Worker; 973-263-7001 x92337

Keri Wyrwa – Social Worker; 973-263-7001 x93137

Special Services Administration

Tarah Santaniello - Coord. Supervisor of Special Ed 6-12; 973-263-7200 x97239

The Referral Process

Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational 

disability may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation by a variety 

of resources. Typically they are referred by the Intervention & Referral Services 

(I&RS) committee, an outside agency, or parent(s)/guardian(s).  

Once the referral has been made, a Case Manager is assigned and will schedule 

an Identification meeting to determine whether a student will be evaluated or not.  

If evaluations are warranted, decisions will be made as to which areas to assess.  

The student will be assessed by the appropriate personnel and documented 

reports will be written and sent home to the parent(s)/guardians for review.   The 

parent(s)/guardians will have ample time to read the written reports prior to the 

eligibility meeting being scheduled.  This meeting will determine if the student is 

eligible for special education services.  

Members of the Child Study Team

The New Jersey Department of Education requires that the Child Study Team 

include a School Psychologist, a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and a 

School Social Worker.  These professionals are all certified and employed 

directly by the Parsippany Troy Hills School District.  

Eligibility of Students

A student shall be determined eligible and classified “eligible for special 

education and related services” when the student has one or more of the 

following disabilities as defined in 6A:14. The 14 eligible categories include:

o Auditorily Impaired

o Intellectually Disabled

o Mild Intellectually Disabled

o Moderate Intellectually Disabled

o Communication Impaired

o Emotionally Disturbed

o Multiply Disabled

o Orthopedically Impaired

o Other Health Impaired

o Preschool Child with a Disability

o Social Maladjustment

o Specific Learning Disability

o Traumatic Brain Injury

o Visually Impaired

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