- The parents of two children receiving services from the Dubard
School for Children with Language Disorders at The University of
Southern Mississippi have traveled hundreds of miles to Hattiesburg
after learning about the school on the Internet.
of Simi Valley, Calif., and Marian Honda of the Seattle area began
communicating through an online support group for parents of children
with Apraxia, a motor speech disorder that impairs a person's ability
the child knows what they want to say but are unable to speak,"
Barbara Bass said in describing Apraxia, which can affect both children
a friendship they both searched online to find services that could
help their children overcome the effects of Apraxia.
the good word about Dubard (on the Internet)," Marian Honda
both named Daniel, are receiving speech and language instruction
this summer at Dubard through the school staff's use of the Association
Method. Marian and Barbara are living in Hattiesburg while their
children receive instruction, staying on campus in Mississippi Hall
Method is a phonetic, multisensory teaching-learning strategy designed
for language-deficient children. The Association Method incorporates
simultaneous instruction in speaking, reading and writing.
said she and Bass are considering bringing their children for further
instruction at Dubard in the future.
it a privilege to have the opportunity to work with these two children
with unique needs who have traveled so far to be here," said
Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the Dubard School. "We hope
this will lead to them gaining the skills necessary to obtain intelligible
School, which serves 55 full-time students and more than 40 additional
students through its outclient program, is supported with funding
from the United Way and gifts from other organizations. Additional
services provided by the Dubard School include evaluations to diagnose
speech/language and learning problems plus individual or small-group
therapy services. DuBard School personnel also provide instruction
in the Association Method for professionals through staff development
programs, workshops and courses.