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TWU opens Integrated Clinic for Behavior and Learning Evaluation
DENTON — A new clinic at Texas Woman’s University combines a number of resources from throughout TWU in order to help Denton children, adults and families.
The Integrated Clinic for Behavior and Learning Evaluation is an assessment and evaluation program offered through TWU’s Counseling and Family Therapy Center. The clinic brings together the resources of several departments on campus — including family sciences, special education and reading — to offer assessment and intervention services. These assessments/interventions can include behavior (including ADHD screening), reading comprehension and family or individual issues (depression, family therapy, etc.).
“We take a holistic approach,” said Dr. Linda Ladd, TWU family sciences professor and co-chair of the clinic board. Clinic staff members use many different assessments to help them determine the needs of the child, adult and family. The Family Environment Scale, for example, looks at relationships, personal growth and achievement, among other areas.
“It’s more of a support system for the family,” said Dr. Yvonne Rodriguez, TWU professor of reading and a clinic board member. “Both family environment and events can have a direct impact on a child’s performance.”
Following an evaluation, clients are provided with services aimed at helping them overcome their area of difficulty. This could include sessions with the TWU Department of Reading to build reading skills, or couples therapy provided through the TWU Family Sciences Department.
Clinic fees are assessed on a sliding scale. Services are provided Monday through Saturday.
The clinic is staffed by TWU students who work under the supervision of licensed professionals. Information is kept strictly confidential.
“The clinic’s primary purpose is to serve the community, but it also provides training for our students who will one day enter the field,” said Dr. Lloyd Kinnison, TWU professor of special education and clinic board member. Dr. Tammy Stephens, TWU professor of special education and clinic board co-chair, said, “Our students gain valuable experience by collaborating with people in other fields.”
UPDATE - 01/10/2012: The Integrated Clinic for Behavior and Learning Evaluation is now closed.
For more information on the clinic, visit www.twu.edu/family-sciences/behavior-learning-clinic.asp. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Linda Ladd at 940-898-2694.
Tel: (940) 898-3456