Welcome to the Northvale Public School'sChild Study Team!Ms. LopezLearning Disabilities Teacher Consultantlopezj@nvnet.orgMrs. ArenaSchool Psychologistarena@nvnet.orgMrs. CicchettiSchool Social Workercicchetti@nvnet.orgMrs. MehraSpeech-LanguageSpecialistmehra@nvnet.orgOccupationalTherapist
We are dedicated professionals who strive to provide the best applicable services for our students! If you need to contact us, please call us at 201-768-8484, ext. 30240
The Northvale Public School District provides the services of its Child Study Team to assist in the identification, evaluation, determination of eligibility, and development and monitoring of special education programs and placements. The Child Study Team also provides preventative and support services to non-disabled students. Team members act as consultants to the general education staff regarding techniques, materials, and programs for students experiencing difficulties in learning. A Child Study Team member is designated and serves as the case manager for each student with a disability. The case manager is knowledgeable regarding the student's educational needs and program. He/She coordinates the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Individualized Education Program. The case manager helps facilitate communication between home and school and coordinates the annual review and reevaluation process.The Northvale Child Study Team is comprised of the following professionals:Learning Disabilities Teacher ConsultantA master teacher who functions in the school environment as an educational diagnostician, instructional programmer, Child Study Team member, educational consultant and instructional leader. The LDTC 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.
School PsychologistWorks with students, parents, and teachers to promote academic, emotional and behavioral success of students who attend the Northvale Public School through assessment and interpretation of psychological testing results. The School Psychologist identifies and assesses the learning, development and adjustment characteristics and needs of students. The School Psychologist also provides interventions needed by students to support the teaching process and to maximize learning and adjustment. Crisis intervention services are available as needed.School Social WorkerProvides unique services to students and their families, helping the students attain maximum benefits from their educational programs. The School Social Worker's knowledge of social, emotional, cultural and economic differences among children and families enable them to be the link between school, family and community. As a member of the educational team, School Social Workers promote and support students' academic and social/emotional well-being. Through sound school social work practice, the School Social Worker is able to enhance the full educational and individual potential of all students and eliminate barriers to learning by being pro-active within the academic community and providing early intervention, prevention, consultation, counseling, crisis management, and support services.Speech-Language SpecialistExpert in all areas of communication who makes assessments, analyses, and classifications of students' communication competencies and characteristics. As a member of the educational team, the Speech Language Specialist participates in the planning of educational programs for children with communication disorders. Speech Language Specialists plan, prepare and deliver treatment programs for children with speech and language deficiencies. They also serve as resource persons in the area of speech and language development and disorders to classroom teachers, parents, administrators and the child study team.Occupational Therapist
Works with students, staff and parents to help improve a student’s ability to obtain, process and demonstrate school-based knowledge. This is achieved by the OT working on postural control, bilateral integration, fine motor coordination, dexterity and strength, visual motor and perceptual integration as well as addressing sensory processing in the school setting. The primary focus and trend is to develop easy and effective handwriting and organizational strategies, as well as to find alternative learning strategies by focusing on integrating a student’s over/under-reactive sensory systems.
The OT works in various settings within the school and with students individually, in groups in the classroom and by consulting with their teachers and families. The result is a collaborative, holistic and integrative approach, which provides in-the moment strategies and other concrete tools to help each student achieve their greatest academic potential.
Occupational therapy (OT) in the school setting is obtained through a 504 or an IEP as deemed appropriate by observation and standardized testing.