Student Support Services

Student support services helps ensure that Queensbury students are provided with special education services consistent with New York State Education Department regulations. Those services are available to any student with a mental, physical or emotional impairment that affects his or her educational performance. Both parents and teachers play an active role in planning and implementing the educational program for students with disabilities.

Counseling servicesSpeech support servicesOccupational/physical therapy services | Behavioral Health Center | Social Emotional Learning

Counseling services

A school psychologist is located in each of our four buildings to provide school psychological services to students.

Services provided may include:

  • Evaluations of students suspected of having special education needs;
  • Periodic assessments of special education students;
  • School-based counseling services for selected students to improve educational adjustment;
  • Consultation with teachers, administrators and parents to enhance student progress;
  • Case management services with specific selected students with intensive needs;
  • Participation on educational support teams; and
  • Referrals and collaboration with professionals and agencies outside of the school district.

Psychologist contact information

Speech support services

Speech support services assists students in grades K-12. Staff members’ offices are located in Queensbury Elementary School and William H. Barton Intermediate School.

We focus on teaching skills and strategies that assist students in being successful academically and as effective communicators. Speech/language therapy in the school setting encompasses all areas of speech and language, including, but not limited to:

  • Written language;
  • Sequencing;
  • Social language;
  • Vocabulary;
  • Articulation;
  • Oral motor;
  • Abstract language;
  • Verbal language;
  • Auditory comprehension;
  • Word retrieval;
  • Fluency;
  • Voice;
  • Non-verbal communication; and
  • Grammar.

Speech support contact information

Occupational/physical therapy services

Occupational therapy professionals work with children and youth to access and be successful in the learning environment. Skills addressed may include fine motor control skills, handwriting skills, visual motor skills, organizational and sensory processing skills. Occupational therapy professionals work closely with teachers, family members and other individuals involved in the student’s academic program in order to ensure carryover of skills.

Occupational therapy services are provided either as a push in service into the classroom where the student is seen in their learning environment to work on a classroom skill or as a pull out service where the student comes down in a small group to the therapy room to work more closely on needed skills.

Occupational therapy contact information

School-based physical therapists use their expertise in movement and function to support students who qualify for services. Skills addressed may include locomotion, balance and proprioception object manipulation skills. Services occur in a variety of locations to best suit the student needs.

Physical therapy contact information

Behavioral Health Center at Northern Rivers

The Behavioral Health Center works with students and their families as well as educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists and social workers to assess behavioral health challenges and to develop a treatment plan. That plan may involve any number of appropriate interventions such as individual and family therapy, community resource connections or psychiatric and medication services. The result is less student learning time lost to dealing with behavior issues.

Contact information

Kris Bennett-Barnes
Director of Student Support Services
(518) 824-5694

Frequently asked questions

Who can receive services?

Any student who attends school in Queensbury Union Free School District may be able eligible to use the Behavioral Health Center.

What services are available?

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling for identified students
  • Behavioral support in school and at home
  • Psychiatric evaluations and medication management

Who pays for those services?

The cost of services for individual students and their families is typically covered by a family’s insurance provider or by Medicaid. Those with no health insurance may pay for the services on a sliding scale based on family income.

How can parents secure services for their child?

A school staff member such as a principal, guidance counselor or social worker must submit a referral form in order for a student to be considered for the Behavioral Health Center. Contact your child’s principal or guidance counselor to learn more.

Where is the center located?

The Behavioral Health Center is an outpatient clinic located within Queensbury Elementary School, in the same hallway as the Student Support Services office. Student assessments and interventions take place on the Queensbury schools campus, but some students’ individualized plans may include a home visit. The center is open when school is in session. Appointments can be made year-round.

Social Emotional Learning

Parent Universities are a great way to engage parents and families through presentations about many different topics that relate to school, learning and overall wellness. Our offerings this year include a variety of topics ranging from technology support to social emotional learning and nutrition, to how best to support learning at home.

Grief Resources

There are tons of resources online to help families process grief. Visit these links for assistance from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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