DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern
Mississippi will provide teachers, speech-language pathologists,
parents and others with tools to help dyslexic children at its seventh
annual DuBard Symposium on Dyslexia.
Children: Requirements for Success," also sponsored in part
by Forrest General Hospital and The International Association Method
Task Force, will be held Feb. 5-6 at Forrest General Hospital's
Center for Healthy Living at the Family Y, located at 3719 Memorial
Drive in Hattiesburg.
features expert presenters leading a variety of breakout sessions,
including "The Dynamics of Dyslexia," "Mississippi's
Dyslexia Grant Proposals for 2005 - Everything You Need to Know,"
"A Common Sense Approach to Language Learning Differences -
Tips for Parents and Teachers," "Profile to Prescription:
Individualizing Multi-Sensory Structured Language Education (MSLF)
Instruction" and "Practical Tips for Developing Oral Language
and Its Impact on Written Language."
is to provide current information to both parents and educators
about the challenges of dyslexia and what can be done to alleviate
some of the difficulties associated with it," said Dr. Maureen
Martin, director of the DuBard School.
a specific learning disability that is neuro-biological in origin.
It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent
word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These
difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological
component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other
cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading
experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background
some research suggests that up to 20 percent of the population in
the U.S. is affected by dyslexia to some degree. "However,
we now have research that helps us better identify and remediate
dyslexia," she said.
Kent, a graduate of the University Medical Center in Jackson, will
present the symposium's Etoile DuBard Honorary Lecture, addressing
the theme, "Parents, Teachers, Students and Physicians: Partners
Kent is a fellow
and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of
the American Medical Association and various other professional
organizations. Kent and his staff in Hattiesburg specialize in the
identification and management of attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder, dyslexia and other school-related problems.
an educational consultant and speech pathologist who works with
Kent, is co-chair of the symposium along with Dr. Martin.
a tremendous need for the conference for educators, and this year's
conference will present new information on dyslexia and attention
deficit disorder," she said.
Woodall said that Dr. Kent will present information on a new Web
site that he has developed that helps teachers, parents and pediatricians
monitor medications taken by students receiving treatment for dyslexia.
is an excellent opportunity for professionals and parents in our
area to gain more information about dyslexia," said Daphne
Cornett, assistant director of the DuBard School.
Miss Center for International and Continuing Education is coordinating
the symposium. Conference participants have an opportunity to gain
CEUs (continuing education unit credit). For more information or
to register, call the CICE at (601) 266-4186 or the DuBard School
for Language Disorders at (601) 266-5223.