Dr. Sonia Cooper is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Northern Illinois University with a focus on low incidence disabilities. With several years of experience in working across the suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Cooper emphasizes the understanding that every child can learn with a dynamic, multi-strategic, collaborative, and data-driven approach.
Dr. Cooper uses data extensively to guide her in decision making, improve instruction, and improve student learning. She supports teams in their data collection processes to become mindful and intentional about teaching and learning. She has presented at conferences and workshops on using data to make informed instructional decisions is empowering for teachers, schools, parents, and students.
Dr. Cooper specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families that present with a wide range of social-emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. She provides evidence-based individual therapy and psychological testing services to children and adolescents.
Early in her career, Dr. Cooper identified how intimidating and overwhelming the special education process is for parents. Parents must learn about their child’s unique needs while navigating a new process in which they don’t know what to expect. Dr. Cooper created resources to support parents as they navigate the special education process from identification to placement. She continued to support parents by clarifying the process of special education, help parents understand evaluation findings and support available, and empowering parents to be an advocate of their child’s learning needs. She continues to provide support and understanding of parents asserting their child’s rights under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).