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2015

THE SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM AT LSUS MENTORS YOUNG READERS IN COMMUNITY

October 06, 2015

The psychology department is pleased to report that LSU Shreveport is now a resource for struggling readers in the Shreveport-Bossier community. The Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) program now offers the Afterschool of R.O.C.K. (Reading and Organization for Cool Kids). The tutoring program offered is a copyrighted reading intervention package that the research team in the psychology department developed and tested over the past three years, and will soon be available as a mobile app.

“We are currently serving four children whose families visit campus twice per week for 10 weeks, and there are several more who are scheduled for a screening,” said Dr. Kevin Jones, director of the program. “I anticipate that the afterschool clinic will soon be operating at full capacity, which is about 10 families per semester.” 

Dr. Katherine Wickstrom and Mr. Michael Welch, professors in the psychology department, provide much of the training in social skills and academic intervention for the school psychology students. Drs. Rebecca Nolan and Kevin Krug established the link between graduate students and the undergraduate scholars, which has expanded the program and inspired a true department-wide effort. 

“I believe this program is an ideal example of how to integrate service, teaching, and research, while also promoting the university’s graduate mission,” Jones said.

Angela McCoy, the ELA Curriculum Instructional Specialist at the Caddo Parish School Board, selects children for the program in collaboration with reading teachers at University Elementary and Arthur Circle Elementary. Jones said the selection process is based on formal and informal assessments of risk in the “Fab Four” areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and comprehension.

“While parents spend their precious time in the evenings getting homework done, and teachers spend their days keeping pace with high content standards, the School of R.O.C.K. provides them a fair and comprehensive assessment of their child’s response to research-based reading intervention at the most critical developmental period,” Jones said. “The program is also an educational resource, as the tutoring services are provided by future school psychologists who can help parents better understand the evaluation and support services delivered at various tiers in the public school system.”  

The LSUS Specialist in School Psychology Program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Graduates of the SSP program qualify for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential offering reciprocal certification across 31 states, including Louisiana, and receives a large portion of its funding from the LSUS Foundation.

The SSP clinic can be found on the first floor of the Business and Education building on campus.

For more information about the Specialist in School Psychology Program, please visit www.lsus.edu.

 
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