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17th Annual DuBard Symposium at Southern Miss Highlights Dyslexia

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Keynote addresses by renowned experts and interactive breakout sessions will highlight the 17th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders set for Sept. 18-19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Each year, educators, administrators, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia therapists, psychologists, social workers and parents from across the Southeast gather for the DuBard Symposium to gain information, review products and services, and network with peers. All of these factors combined make the DuBard Symposium a key element in assisting them in supporting and serving children with dyslexia and related disorders.

“If you have any interest in learning more about the written-language disorder of dyslexia, this Symposium is the place to be,” said DuBard School professional development coordinator Missy Schraeder. “With 15 sessions on varying topics, this two-day event will provide attendees with a variety of tools they can use to be successful in their work with individuals with dyslexia.”

The symposium is sponsored by the DuBard School for Language Disorders and the International Association Method Task Force in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach.

Keynote speakers include the following:

  • Dr. David Chard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. His lecture is titled, “Transforming Education: Balancing Innovation with Evidence.” Chard has held faculty positions at Boston University, the University of Texas at Austin and also served as associate dean in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He was also a California public school teacher and a Peace Corps educator in Lesotho, Africa.
  • Dr. Julie Masterson, professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University. Her lecture is titled, “Spelling, Reading and Writing: Using Metalinguistic Skills to Enhance Literacy Performance.” Masterson has worked as a classroom teacher and a school-based speech-language pathologist. She has more than 300 presentations and publications in the areas of language and literacy.

“Strong literacy skills require a rich knowledge of phonology (sounds), morphology (word parts), and orthography (spelling patterns) as well as the ability to flexibly apply these metalinguistic abilities when reading and spelling,” said Masterson.

Individuals with dyslexia need to build these skills, but how?

“…tailored word study and authentic reading and writing activities” are key to teaching these metalinguistic skills – something Masterson details in her keynote presentation.

Another featured session of the symposium is “Surviving? No, Thriving: Managing Stress” led by Southern Miss visiting instructor Gina Fiorentini-Wright. This presentation is designed to help parents caring for children with special needs recognize the stress response and to mitigate the negative effects that stress can have upon health, relationships and the family environment.

Fees for those registering on or before Aug. 23 are $115 (regular attendee) and $75 (full-time student). For those registering after Aug. 23, the fees are $135 and $95 respectively. Continuing education units are available.

For more information or to register visit: http://www.usm.edu/dubard-training or call 601.266.4186.