Special Services Department





What is the Child Study Team?

The Child Study Team is a group of professionals hired by the district board of education to identify the needs of children with disabilities according to NJ code N.J.A.C., 6A:14

The Lawnside Child Study Team consists of a school psychologist, a school social worker, a learning disabilities teacher consultant, and a speech-language therapist. Other professional staff members, including an occupational therapist and a behavior specialist are contracted on a part-time basis. 

If you have a classified child in the district, they will be assigned a case manager from our Child Study Team. The Case manager is the primary contact for coordinating services and scheduling the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Planning the Individualized Education Program for a child is a team process combining information and recommendations from multiple sources including teachers, parents, and other staff members. 

If you feel your child may have a disability and may be in need of interventions or evaluations, please contact us.

Contact Information:

   Dr. Carmen Henderson, CST Director

chenderson@lawnside.k12.nj.us ext 2004

Phone:(856) 547-2626-direct           

Fax: (856) 310-0901 or (856) 546-4850x 2204

Jessyca Harper, School Social Worker

jharper@lawnside.k12.nj.us ext 2203


Rebecca Welde, Speech-Language Pathologist

rwelde@lawnside.k12.nj.us ext 2216



Parent Survey

The Lawnside School District has been chosen to participate in a parent survey for those with special education students.  Parents of students with disabilities in Lawnside will have an opportunity to report on how schools are supporting parent involvement in their child’s educational program. 

For more information, visit: http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/info/spp/survey.shtml




SEPAG: Special Education Parent Advocacy Group

The Lawnside School District is seeking parents or guardians of a child with a disability from the community of Lawnside to serve on the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG). The purpose of the SEPAG is to provide feedback and constructive input about how to improve the special education and related services offered here at Lawnside Public School, provide suggestions and guidance on issues impacting the future of our special education students as they make transitions, and increase the involvement of families of children with special needs in making recommendations on special education policy. We would like to recruit parents committed to enhancing services for students with disabilities to serve on our SEPAG for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Please consider becoming a member of this team and contact us at (856) 546-4850, extension 2204. Meeting dates and times TBA:

Thank you for your continuing support and participation in our efforts to provide a quality special education program at the Lawnside Public School. 


Child Find

Lawnside School District’s “Child Find” effort is to identify young children who may be eligible for special education assistance, but have not yet been referred or evaluated.  It is important to identify children who may be in need of special education services so that we can intervene early in their life and possibly mediate any need for special education in the future.  Click on the Early Intervention link below to download a copy of a developmental milestone checklist to see how your child is developing.  If you feel your child may be delayed in their development, please contact us.