Dr. Tonya Gall is a board certified School Psychologist with over 16 years of experience who works to ensure that students’ learning, academic and social-emotional needs are considered paramount. She received her Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Emphasis) from National-Louis University. Dr. Gall has previously practiced in the public school setting for 10 years and served as a fellow at the University of Chicago Orthogenic School. She has also served as an active, executive board member for several years for the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Gall takes a collaborative and hybrid approach, linking current research to diagnostic findings and school based supports when working with educational teams and advocating for students.
Information gleaned from diagnostic testing is shared with parents and school staff so that individuals can understand how the student learns and processes information. Equally important is the development of educational recommendations that emphasize functional strategies and interventions to help a student become more successful. Upon request, Dr. Gall often accompanies parents to school meetings.
Dr. Gall provides comprehensive evaluations, educational therapy and consultation services to families and schools. Her expertise is in the detection, diagnosis and intervention of neurodevelopmental and behavioral disabilities, such as specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), executive functioning and autism spectrum disorders. Information gleaned from diagnostic testing is communicated with students, parents and school staff in plain terms so that everyone can have a common understanding of findings and learn how to best “reach” an individual relative to learning and overall functioning while developing a growth mindset. Upon request, Dr. Gall often accompanies parents to school meetings to share such information and remains involved with cases as needed.
Dr. Gall has advanced training in remediating dyslexia and executive functioning. A variety of research-based instructional methods are employed to help students reach their full potential. While many students require academic assistance, the key to achieving long-term success is early intervention and to provide a multisensory, sequential, and comprehensive program to meet the needs of learning differences. Students also learn metacognitive strategies and gain a better understanding of how they learn in order to demonstrate academic gains. Educational goals are set to improve student performance and overall self-esteem. Dr. Gall remains heavily involved with the families and learning specialists associated with PRS’ educational therapy services.