Literacy Conference To Provide Resource For Parents, Teachers

Sept. 1, 2003

by Judy Long

Teachers and parents will have a new resource for language and reading disorders at the RiteCare Conference on Child Language and Literacy to be held Sept. 26-27 on the Baylor University campus. Sponsored by Baylor's department of communication sciences and disorders and Waco Scottish Rite Bodies, "Making a Difference for Children with Language and Reading Disabilities" will feature researchers who are publishing the most current findings on language and reading disorders.

Conference guests will be able to choose from sessions offering a variety of topics such as causes of dyslexia, stress-free strategies for building language and literacy skills, adolescent language learning, creating a fluent reader and using storybooks to promote literacy in at-risk preschools. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Some of the speakers include Dr. Alan Kamhi, a University of Oregon professor who researches school-age language and hearing disorders; Dr. Judy Montgomery, past president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and Dr. Jeffery Black, medical director of the Luke Waites Child Development Center at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and professor in pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Registration will take place between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday morning and 7:15-8 a.m. Saturday morning or call 710-2567 for early registration. Conference fees are $25 for parents, $75 for teachers and $5 for students. A Saturday evening banquet will be an additional $15 charge.

Conference registration and the opening session will be held in Waco Hall, with parking and a shuttle to campus available at the Ferrell Center.

For more information, call the department of communication sciences and disorders at (254) 710-2567 or 710-2568.

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