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School-Focused Behaviorist

Dedicated professionals helping youth prepare for their best life.

For emergency situations, please contact
Mobile Crisis Services team immediately

As a member of the Mobile Crisis Services team, Northern Rivers’ school-focused behaviorist works with schools and other educational settings by providing support to students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Our behaviorist is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides services in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties for students age 4–21 who are experiencing repetitive behavioral and/or emotional episodes in the school setting.


Consultation and information: Telephone consultation and information is available to parents and school personnel working with children and adolescents who may be experiencing behavioral and/or emotional challenges in the school setting. The focus of the consultation can include clarifying the nature of the challenging behavior, identifying options for responding, providing recommendations for intervention, identifying community resources, making a referral to a service agency, and/or developing a prevention plan.

Assessment and intervention: The school-focused behaviorist can conduct formal and informal assessments as needed, develop intervention plans, as well as add strategies and supports to an existing plan. Our behaviorist can also provide recommendations based on classroom observations and input from the student’s educational team.

Collaboration and postintervention: The school-focused behaviorist works collaboratively with students, school personnel, families, and service providers to identify behaviors that impede academic achievement and to develop strategies and positive supports that promote success in the school setting. Our behaviorist is available to participate in planning meetings as well as provide information and follow up support as needed.

Contact Information

Parents, providers, or school professionals are all able to access these voluntary services. Our school-focused behaviorist will work with parents and school officials to obtain information and permission prior to observing a student.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact:
Shannon Boreali
School-Focused Behaviorist
518.952.9032, ext. 1121