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    Learning Disability Teacher/Consultant

    The LDT/C, along with the school psychologist and social worker, is one of the three members of the Child Study Team.  In order to earn certification, the LDT/C is required to have a minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience.  Each LDT/C has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. The learning consultant (LDT-C) is trained to determine the learning styles of students, to determine specific achievement levels in a variety of content areas, and to recommend specific teaching methods and strategies that may benefit a student.  This professional is generally called upon to model specific strategies and methods that may benefit students.

    There are currently two LDT/C’s employed in the Hackettstown Public Schools. We are also sometimes referred to as the Learning Consultant
     
     
     
    Valerie Vasquez
    Hackettstown Middle School
    908-852-8554 Ext. 233
     
     
    Kristy Cherneski
    Hatchery Hill School
    908-852-8550 Ext. 233
    kcherneski@hackettstown.org 
     
     
    What are the responsibilities of the LDT/C
     
    The LDT/C:
    • Provides the educational assessment of individual students as part of the multi-disciplinary Child Study Team (CST) evaluation.
    • May be the CST representative on the Intervention and Referral Service (I & RS).
    • Provides case management services to students
    • Assigned to a student when it is determined that an initial evaluation shall be conducted.  [NJAC 6A:14-3.2(a)]
    • Coordinates the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the IEP.
    • Facilitates communication between home and school
    • Coordinates the annual review and reevaluation process [NJAC 6A:14-3.2(b)]
    • Consults with teachers regarding instruction, instructional strategies, modifications and accommodations, implementation of IEP and specific concerns and issues regarding individual students
    • Assists in providing initial IEP goals
    • Provides in-service training to teachers and parents

     Educational Assessments

     An Educational Assessment includes, but is not limited to

    • Individualized Standardized Testing
    • Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement III
      • Most commonly used nationally normed assessment told
      • Data derived from the assessment assists in determining eligibility and creating an appropriate program
    • Battelle Developmental Inventory II
      • Preschool inventory of skills including
        • Motor
        • Cognitive
        • Personal/ Social
        • Communication
        • Adaptive
        • Functional Assessments
    • Observation in class or non-structured setting
    • Parent interview
    • Teacher interview
    • Student interview
    • Questionnaires

     Recommended Tools to Assist Your Child’s Educational Development and Transition to Post-Secondary Life

    • Audio Books
    • Voice recorders
    • An organizer, i.e. personal calendar or agenda
    • Educational Games, i.e. computer, electronic, board, card, imaginative
    • Typing tutorials
    • Educational websites
    • Spellcheckers
    • Calculators