- The University of Southern Mississippi will offer a course on
the Association Method August 26-28 and September 16-18 at the Dubard
School for Language Disorders.
Method is a multisensory teaching strategy for use in kindergarten
through second grade for learning disabilities and special-education
teachers and for speech-language pathologists.
It has been
utilized by the Dubard School for Language Disorders since 1962
and benefits children with severe language disorders or hearing
impairments, learning disabilities, dyslexia and other communication
It is also
used with nondisabled children to establish a code-breaking system
for the development of reading skills.
an elementary school principal and former first-grade teacher in
Seminary, is a past participant in the Association Method program.
"The training I received in the Association Method has proven
to be a valuable tool to help me teach and reach every student,"
for the course comes from past participant Lisa Campbell, a first-grade
teacher from Collins.
the Association Method, I've found a way to help my struggling readers,
improve my moderate readers, and enrich my advanced readers,"
Campbell said. "All of my students benefit when I use the Association
Method in my classroom.
have shown an increased reading ability and have demonstrated the
ability to decode unfamiliar words. At last, I've discovered a program
that benefits everyone."
The June Shelton
School in Dallas has been using the Association Method for seven
years. Past participant Annette Stanislav, coordinator of speech/language
services at the school, said: "It has enabled our school to
accept students with underlying oral language deficits combined
with written language deficits. These students have shown significant
gains on their speech/language testing and on their academic testing
(decoding, comprehension and spelling)."
the use of the Association Method at our school, we would not be
able to serve these students with the most appropriate program possible,"
Association Method Course at Southern Miss will be taught by Dr.
Maureen Martin, director of the Dubard School for Language Disorders.
It will encompass the following topics:
principles of the Association Method as appropriate for kindergarten
through second grace, communicatively-disordered and learning-disabled
of auditory and visual development
Northampton phonetic symbol system for teaching sound-symbol relationships,
multiple spellings of sounds, and long and short vowels
and written language development
Association Method as part of the school curriculum
Method course is coordinated through Southern Miss' Continuing Education
and Distributed Learning (CEDL).
For more information
on the Association Method course at Southern Miss, call (601) 266-4186,
or make inquiries by mail to Southern Miss CEDL, Box 5136, Hattiesburg,