Welcome to the Special Services Department

Welcome to the Special Services Department



RICHARD BECK, Ph.D., Director of Special Services, District Homeless Liaison



Helen Eberle, Secretary to the Director of Special Services

Susan Gill, Assistant Secretary - Special Services


Kathleen Dunlea, Social Worker

Jackie Dimitri, LDT/C

Kimberly Keller, School Psychologist

Marie Ferrante, LDT/C

Cheryl Wohlrab, Ph.D., School Psychologist





Phone: 732-946-0055 x 4124

Fax: 732-858-8580





Helping Children Deal with Trauma


Our children and families have certainly experienced an extraordinary number of traumatic events over the last few months.  As parents and professionals we struggle to put this all into perspective so that we can deal with it and continue on with the many demands in our daily lives.  Children may have a more difficult time than we do in expressing their fear, anger or confusion over events that occur where they have little or no control.  The following are some common behaviors that children make exhibit after a traumatic event:


* Avoidance
* Separation anxiety
* Nervousness
* Sleep problems
* Irritability
* Poor concentration
* Easily startled
* Crying
* Worry and anxiety about loved ones and the future
* Appetite changes
* Disorganized behavior


If your child has questions, it is important to answer them as honestly and clearly as possible. Encourage your children to express their feelings.  It is highly recommended to limit your child’s exposure to the media coverage of the tragedy, as small children will often believe that the event is happening over and over again, rather than it being a replay. Share with your children that this is an unusual event.  Our schools have plans in place to protect students and teachers and that is why we have practice drills.   Validating feelings and easing concerns will help, yet we need to ensure that we do not create any undue fear or anxiety in our children as well.   Please do not hesitate to ask for support.  We have well-trained clinical staff in the district and are always here for support, consultation and intervention.