- The DuBard School for Language Disorders has achieved provider
status from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA),
which will allow it to offer continuing education activities for
speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language
and hearing scientists.
In the past,
the DuBard School, located on The University of Southern Mississippi
campus, was only able to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
recognized by ASHA if they brought in an outside instructor who
already had provider status. Now, all of the school's courses will
carry ASHA CEU status.
an attractive offering for those in the speech-language hearing
field, according to DuBard School Director Dr. Maureen Martin.
people who come from other states (to take courses at DuBard), and
ASHA is nationally recognized," Martin said. "So it won't
matter if they're from Texas or Pennsylvania or any other place
- if they get ASHA CEUs, they can use them in their state."
is planning to implement a CEU requirement for speech-language pathologists
beginning in 2005, which will make the DuBard School's recently
achieved provider status even more appealing to a broader group
of speech-language hearing professionals across a wider geographic
another benefit," Martin said. "Our courses will be offered
on ASHA's Web site, which will give us some additional national
of achieving provider status from ASHA was a complex one, Martin
said. It involved a lengthy application process, during which ASHA
reviewed practically all aspects of instruction at the DuBard School,
including how programs are designed and needs assessment is carried
ASHA approved provider status will run through Dec. 31, 2007, Martin
DuBard continues its primary mission of direct service to children
today as 58 children from 20 school districts begin arriving at
the school. These are children for whom instruction at DuBard will
be their full-time educational program -they will receive instruction
at the school all day, every day for 11 months of the year.
to this direct service to children who require more than just regular
speech therapy, DuBard also provides out-client therapy for children
with less severe problems, as well as out-client evaluation for
children from throughout Mississippi and across the country.
The basis for
all teaching at the DuBard School is the Association Method, a multisensory
teaching strategy that benefits children with severe language disorders,
hearing impairments, learning disabilities, dyslexia and other communications
It is also
used with nondisabled children as a code-breaking system for teaching