Child Study Team

What is Child Study Team?

The Child Study Team (CST) is a school-based problem solving model in grades K-8 that helps to identify the needs of students who are struggling in the classroom (academic difficulties, social/emotional concerns, behavioral difficulties).  CST process works to provide multiple strategies that will help students meet success in school.  The primary focus of the team is on academic success.  The team works very closely with the Student Assistance Program.



What does the Child Study Team process look like?

Your child is referred to Child Study because there is a concern about his or her academic skills or behavior. Although anyone can make a referral, it is often the parent or classroom teacher that makes the initial referral. Teachers are asked to identify the specific concerns, and the team meeting follows these steps:

  • Review your child’s strengths, interests and talents.
  • Discuss the reasons for referral and data collected prior to the meeting.
  • List interventions previously tried and the success of those interventions.
  • Develop a plan to carry out new interventions.
  • Schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss progress.

After 6-8 weeks of intervention, the team will meet again to discuss the success of the interventions. Did your child’s performance improve, remain the same, or decrease?

Who is part of the Child Study Team?

Generally, the team includes the parents, the child's Teacher(s), Principal, School Counselor, School Psychologist, a Behavior Specialist, Speech/Language Therapist, a Reading Specialist, and a Special Education Teacher.  Not all staff will attend every CST meeting.  Staff are included based on the concerns presented by the teacher or parent.

Keeping parents involved and informed is so important. As a parent, you are a key member of our team. Parents are contacted by the child's teacher and will be invited to a meeting once the team has gathered sufficient data.



Possible Outcomes of the Process

The child study team represents a proactive approach to supporting teachers in their efforts to accommodate increasingly diverse learners in the general education setting. Some possible outcomes of the child study meeting may be to:

  • Implementation of additional intervention strategies with additional specialized staff
  • Develop a behavioral plan
  • Refer to the Student Assistance Program
  • Request additional screenings and testing
  • Request an evaluation for special education services
Please contact your child's Teacher, Counselor or Principal to begin the CST process