Region 12 Education Service Center and Baylor University Team Up to Host Psychologist Jack Fletcher

Feb. 29, 2016
Jack FletcherJack Fletcher, photo courtesy of the University of Houston

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 29, 2016) – Baylor University and the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 will host a community forum about learning disabilities on March 3 and 4. Jack Fletcher, Ph.D., chair for the University of Houston psychology department and principal investigator for the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities, will present on Baylor’s campus and at ESC Region 12 in Waco.

A learning disability is the most prevalent disability in children ages 3-21, occurring at more than twice the rate of any other disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“Identifying students with learning disabilities is challenging, as the federal government gives states a lot of freedom in developing their criteria, and each state has adopted its own method of identification,” said Alex Beaujean, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology and director of Baylor’s school psychology program. “Thus, both the identification and intervention process can be difficult for education and psychology professionals, as well as parents of children who are struggling in school.”

At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Fletcher will present “Understanding Dyslexia: A Scientific Approach to Reading and Reading Disabilities.” The forum will take place at ESC Region 12, 2101 W. Loop 340 in Waco.

At 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, Fletcher will present “Specific Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention,” in Marrs McLean Science Building Room 101 on Baylor’s campus. Marrs McLean Science is located at 1214 S. Fourth St.

Fletcher is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and has completed research on children with developmental disabilities for the past 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in 1973 and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Florida in 1978.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Alex Beaujean.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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