• 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.

    What Do School Psychologists Do?
    School psychologists provide direct support, assessment, monitoring and numerous interventions (mental health, behavioral, academic) to students, consult and collaborate with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies and crisis management responses, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices, policies and program evaluation through an ethical and legal lens, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully:

    • Improve Academic Achievement
      • Promote student motivation and engagement
      • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
      • Individualize instruction and interventions
      • Manage student and classroom behavior
      • Monitor student progress
      • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
    • Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
      • Improve students communication and social skills
      • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
      • Provide individual and group counseling
      • Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
      • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
      • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving
      • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools
    • Support Diverse Learners
      • Assess diverse learning needs
      • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
      • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
      • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
      • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
      • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress
    • Create Safe, Positive School Climates
      • Support social-emotional learning
      • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
      • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
      • Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities
      • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services
    • Strengthen Family-School Partnerships
      • Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
      • Assist in navigating special education processes
      • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
      • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
      • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
      • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
    • Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior
      • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
      • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
      • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels
Name Email Phone
Johanna Bruckner jbruckne@hinsdale86.org 630-570-8579
Deanne Doherty ddoherty@hinsale86.org 630-570-8268
Mary Gallagher mgallagh@hinsdale86.org 630-570-8578