Child Study Team


The Child Study Team (CST) is a group of professionals employed by the Ridgewood Board of Education who provide consultative, evaluative, and prescriptive services to teachers and parents in regard to students who are experiencing school related difficulties.

Who are the members of the Child Study Team?

The members of the Child Study Team as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education are a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher consultant and a school social worker.

What are the responsibilities of the school psychologist?

The school psychologist has expertise in determining a child’s level of cognitive and conceptual development. In addition the psychologist is concerned with the emotional status of the student, and how both internal and external factors may affect behavior and performance in school. The school psychologist works with both general education and special education teachers to maximize a student’s potential.

What are the responsibilities of the learning disabilities teacher consultant?

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.

What are the responsibilities of the school social worker? 

The expertise of the social worker lies in assessing the student relative to the family, the school, and the community. This professional generally gathers information concerning the student’s health, family, and school history as it pertains to the student’s current school functioning. The social worker is also the professional responsible for coordinating community resources on behalf of students and their families.

Who are the Child Study Team members in George Washington Middle School? 

Maria Obregon, M.A., Ed.S., School Psychologist
Leah Sackmary-Dodd, M.A., LDT-C
Sevana Bohchalian, MSW, LSW, School Social Worker
Additional Special Services*:
Wendy Padykula, CCC-SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist
Jessica Vasquez, District Physical Therapist
Stacy Giardino, MA.T. BCBA, District Behavior Consultant
Kimberly Sansone, Occupational Therapist
*see Additional Special Services link below for more information

Child Study Team Contacts

Gabrielle D’Andrea, CST Secretary

Business: 201-670-2790 x 40533

Leah Sackmary-Dodd, MA, LDT-C, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant

Business: 201-670-2790 x 40555

Maria Obregon, MA, Ed.S., School Psychologist

Business: 201-670-2700 x 30558

Sevana Bohchalian, MSW, LSW., School Social Worker

Business: 201-670-2700 x 30561

Wendy Padykula, CCC, SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist

Business: 201-670-2700 x 40558

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