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DuBard School to Host Annual Symposium on Dyslexia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Contact Vanessa Molden - 601.266.4198   

The University of Southern Mississippi DuBard School for Language Disorders and The International Association Method Task Force will host the 14th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders, Feb. 4-5 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Each year the DuBard Symposium attracts educators, social workers, marriage and family therapists, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and parents from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas and the Florida Panhandle.

“These professionals gather in Hattiesburg to gain information, services, products and networking opportunities to assist them in supporting and serving children with dyslexia and related disorders,” said Missy Schraeder, professional development coordinator for the DuBard School.

Two keynote speakers, Dr. R. Malatesha Joshi and Dr. Beverly Smallwood, will highlight the symposium. Joshi, professor of Reading Education at Texas A&M University, will discuss myths and realities about English spelling. Smallwood, licensed psychologist with The Hope Center in Hattiesburg, will lead participants on how to make 10 critical choices that illustrate the importance of remaining positive, patient and persistent when working with a child with language disorders.

There will be concurrent afternoon sessions on both days and continuing education units will be available.

“We are excited about the opportunity to share the expertise of nationally-known speakers with parents and professionals in our community and surrounding areas,” said Schraeder.

Early-bird registration is available for a $115 fee until Dec. 18. Regular registration is $125 until Jan. 22. Check-in time for Feb. 4 is 7:30 a.m. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. each day. For more information call the Southern Miss Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at 601-266-4186 or visit¬_edoutreach

About the DuBard School
The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and serves as a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school, also a United Way agency, serves children with severe language/speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or deaf education. For information call 601-266-5223 or visit

R. Malatesha Joshi

Beverly Smallwood

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at

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