Support Services

Counseling Services

Counseling is an important component of our therapeutic program.  Our certified school psychologists/social workers offer individual and group psychotherapy to all students, and also to parents/guardians and families.  Lakeland-Andover School also has a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who consults with staff, performs drug/alcohol evaluations and works with students as needed.

  • Leslie Malnak - LCSW, LCADC, Certified School Social Worker
  • Peter Pallis - MA, Certified School Social Worker
  • Nicole Baker - Doctor of Psychology, NJ Certified School Psychologist

Nursing Services

LAS has a full-time nurse on staff throughout the school day.  The nurse handles any medical issues that arise during the day, dispenses medication to students (with parent/guardian consent), helps to coordinate medical services for students and families, assists in teaching health class, and discusses and answers students' questions about health issues.

Related Services

LAS can arrange to have students who require speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, or other specialized services receive them as part of their school programs.


Weekly progress reports, quarterly report cards, and year-end reports are sent to parents/guardians and Child Study Teams and as appropriate, are sent to other agencies that may work with the student.  We also have regular contact with parents by phone/letter/email to share progress "Good News", concerns, and to problem solve.

After School Program

The After-School Program runs from 2:15pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.  This program is designed for students who are unable to be maintained in a day program - either in a public school setting or at LAS - due to their psychological, emotional, and behavioral needs.  In this shortened-day program, students receive both academic classes and counseling services.  Classes feature individual instruction.  The After-School Program is often employed as a temporary option, allowing students to demonstrate appropriate school behavior and transition back to their day programs (either LAS or public school).