Special Services

Special Ed

Introduction

The Special Services team is a group of professionals who help in identifying students who have special educational needs.  Our team includes a School Psychologist, Social Worker, Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant, Speech and Language Specialists, secretary, and more.

When evaluating students with learning, developmental, or social/emotional challenges, we work with staff and parents to develop an appropriate educational plan. This plan will help the student use the best learning methods to experience academic success.

The Washington Township School District offers a variety of programs for students with special educational needs, which address students’ varied learning needs.  The Child Study Team (CST) office is located at Brass Castle Elementary School. To contact us, please call the CST office at (908) 689-1188, ext. 3610.

Child Find

Project “Child Find” is available to parents of children ages 2-21 who might need specialized support in various developmental areas.  Parents of preschool children can get services for their child having trouble speaking, seeing, hearing, walking, running, manipulating small objects, etc.

If a child is presenting delays in any of these areas, he or she may be experiencing physical or learning problems, which, with early detection, could be partially or totally corrected.

The local school district’s Special Services/Child Study Team is also responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating anyone ages 2-21 residing within the school district who may be disabled, regardless of the severity of the disability.  These difficulties could include physical impairments, learning challenges, or disabilities including sensory, communication, cognitive, emotional, or social difficulties that may affect a child’s success in school.  The CST can offer assistance in identifying and treating these concerns.

These services also apply to students attending private schools and to transients. Assistance is free, professional, and confidential.  Students identified may be eligible for special education and related services.

Speech Services

Speech-Language Specialists evaluate children who are referred by teachers, parents, or Early Intervention Programs with potential delays in the areas of articulation, voice, or fluency.  If a child is found to be eligible, speech-language services are then provided.  If you have questions regarding Speech Services, please call Brass Castle School at (908) 689-1188, ext. 4676.

Family Link – Fall 2016 Workshops

Please click on the link above to view information regarding Fall 2016 workshops offered for parents as children transition from Early Intervention to Preschool.

Family Helper Service

Please click on the link above for services provided to parents of children and adults with special needs.

Coping and Managing Strong Emotions

Please click on the link above for an invitation to Hardystown Township SEPAG featuring keynote presentation by Kristy Lavin, LCSW.

Parent -Meeting-ABCs-of-IEPs

Please click on the link above for an invitation to IEP Information for Parents From A to Z at Hamburg School, February 9, 2017. Registration is free but required.

An Evening With the CST

Please click on the link above for an invitation to meet the Warren Hills Child Study Team at the Warren Hills High School, February 8, 2017.

Autism Support Group 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:00-7:30, Early Childhood Learning Center, 459 Center Street, Phillipsburg. Come join this group that is a social outlet for many parents and caregivers. It will be facilitated by Kelly Milazzo of the Greenwich Autism Alliance and Vicki Mendes-Branch of Branching Out Foundation, Inc. Please call Nicole at 908-454-3400 x3086 or email smithn@norwescap.org to reserve your spot.  

 

Additional Information

For additional information, questions, or concerns within the Washington Township School District, please contact the Special Services office at Brass Castle School by calling 908-689-1188, ext. 3610 or email at ckaluzny@washtwpsd.org.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY GROUP WILL MEET:

THURSDAY. DECEMBER 1, 2016 IN THE BRASS CASTLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER FROM 11:30-12:30

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017 IN THE BRASS CASTLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER FROM 6:00-7:00 PM