Customized Programs

What is the DuBard Association Method®?

The DuBard Association Method® is a phonetic multisensory teaching-learning strategy designed for language-deficient children. It is implemented in a manner that is incremental, systematic, and cumulative. Instruction progresses from the teaching of individual sounds to syllables, words of gradually increasing length, basic sentences and questions, more advanced sentence structures, and the corresponding questions. Ultimately, when sufficient language skills have been achieved, a transition is made to traditional textbook formats for instruction.

For what conditions is the DuBard Association Method® effective?

  • Language disorders/aphasia of varying degrees (developmental or acquired)
  • Language/learning disabilities/dyslexia
  • Severe apraxia/articulation disorders
  • Profound hearing impairment, in conjunction with other techniques
  • Attention deficit disorders with and without hyperactivity in conjunction with learning disabilities
  • Mental retardation in conjunction with apraxia for speech
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Stroke/head traumas
  • Combinations of the above
  • Regular education elementary students

Who should attend Professional Development Programs?

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Teachers of dyslexic/learning disabled children
  • Special education teachers
  • Regular education elementary teachers
  • Educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Administrators
  • School psychologists/psychometrists

Part-Day and One-Day Programs

A variety of overview programs ranging from 1-1/2 hours to one day are available. Costs for part-day and one-day programs vary according to the length of the program. Please click this Contact Us link and ask about designing a program at your location.

Typical program topics include:

  • Defining language-learning problems
  • Characteristics of the children
  • Appropriate identification
  • Features of effective multisensory instruction
  • Role of the family in the student's program

Intensive Six-Day DuBard Association Method® Training Programs for Schools

The intensive DuBard Association Method® Course (basic) encompasses the following:

  • The principles of the DuBard Association Method® as appropriate for K-2, communicatively disordered and learning disabled children
  • Developmental stages of auditory and visual development
  • The Northampton phonetic symbol system for teaching sound-symbol relationships, multiple spellings of sounds, long and short vowels
  • Oral and written language skill development
  • The DuBard Association Method® as part of the school curriculum

A maximum of 25 professionals may participate. Lunch should be on-site to conserve time. Mastery of basic skills is ensured when course competencies have been met.

Equipment and Facility Requirements

  • LCD projector and notebook computer
  • Overhead projector and screen
  • Podium (free-standing or table-top)
  • TV/VCR
  • Chalk or white board with erasers, chalk or markers
  • Two tables for presenters' materials
  • Large tablet of paper (24" X 32" or similar) and wide-tipped markers for group activities
  • Room for small group activities, with chalk or white boards available

Supplies for Each Participant

    • The text Teaching Language-Deficient Children - 2000 Edition.
      [Contact DuBard School for ordering information.]
    • Four to five felt tip pens, multiple colors except yellow
    • 100 sheets wide-ruled loose-leaf paper
    • One ruler
    • One 3-ring binder (1" capacity) for child's sample book
    • Handouts (originals will be sent for copying)
    • ... requires one 3-ring binder (3" capacity)

  • Name tags

Consultations
Follow-up consultations and support designed for professionals implementing the DuBard Association Method® are highly recommended. This may be done on-site as well as by telephone consultation, video, or fax.

Cost
Contact the DuBard School for fee information. Agreements and dates are considered verified upon receipt of a contract. Contracts should be made directly with the DuBard School for Language Disorders.

CEUs and Academic Credit
USM Continuing Education Units, ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) CEUs, or academic credit may be earned. Arrangements must be made prior to the course.

Additional Offerings
DuBard Association Method® courses, workshops, and seminars are offered regularly on the USM campus in traditional and intensive workshop formats. Telephone, write, or e-mail to request the current schedules.