Navigating the Journey: Chat with the Child Study Team

What do you want to ask the Child Study Team (CST)? This Q&A session focuses on the role of the CST in the education process and a child’s eligibility for a variety of services.

Here are some topics to be addressed by the panel:

  • What is considered a special education service?
  • How do you determine eligibility for special services?
  • Is a medical diagnosis needed to obtain a comprehensive Child Study Team evaluation?
  • What types of medical diagnosis do you consider during the assessment process?
  • What is a related service?
  • What is the difference between an IEP and a 504.

Child Study Team Panelists:

  • Alicia Pavone, Director of Special Education
  • Cheryl Coy, Assistant Superintendent
  • Melissa Barbi, School Psychologist
  • Ryan Benford, Nationally Certified LDT-C

Note: Responding to your questions will be a panel of CST members from Paterson School District in NJ. Parents and caregivers residing out of Paterson are welcome to attend.

We encourage you to submit your questions ahead of time to Sandra at You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Note: Registration deadline is 24 hours before the session starts. A reminder and the meeting link will be emailed the morning of this event.