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Hello and welcome to my page! My name is Christiana LaJudice and I am one of the School Psychologists in the Saranac Lake school district.  I work mainly at the Middle School, but also spend some time working at both of the district's elementary schools.  

I can be reached by phone or email at 518-897-1574 or lajudicchr@slcs.org.  Below is some information on what School Psychologists do and ways we can help support all students. Thank you for visiting my page.  


Who are school psychologists?

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach.  They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and community.  

What do school psychologists do?

School psychologists provide direct support and intervention to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e. school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.  

Why do children need school psychologists?

All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning, social relationships, making difficult decisions, or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated.  School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face.  They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.

Above information is from the National Association of School Psychologists website: nasponline.org/about_sp/who-are-school-psychologists.aspx 

 
 
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