Learning Disability Consultants

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 Vazquez
Office located at Hackettstown Middle School
908-852-8554 Ext. 3333

Kristy Cherneski
Office located at Hackettstown Middle School
908-852-8554 Ext. 3368
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
Association on Higher Education and Disability

Books on the Internet

Council for Exceptional Children

Deaf Resource Library

Disability Resources on the Internet

Educational Resources Information Center

Exceptional Parent

Learning Disabilities on Line

Learning Disability Association of America

Public Broadcasting System for Kids