The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is offering a new service for children with challenges in reading, spelling and written language.
The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is an out-client service delivered in skill-based modules to groups of three or four students who will participate in three one-hour sessions per week.
“LEAP allows us to reach additional students with challenges in reading, reading fluency and comprehension,” said Maureen Martin, DuBard School director. “With research indicating that 20 percent of the population has dyslexia, we must continue to seek ways of providing support to those who need it. Their success is a great reward.”
The after-school program is designed specifically for children who:
• Have difficulty rhyming, sounding out words, blending sounds into words, spelling or reading
• May or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia or specific learning disability in reading
• Have average speech and oral language skills
Smaller group sessions allow more individualized instruction from certified speech-language pathologists and paraprofessionals while also keeping costs lower than one-on-one therapy.
The LEAP services are set to begin in January 2010. Registration deadline is Dec. 1, 2009. For more information about LEAP and the DuBard School, call 601-266-5223.
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