Daphne Cornett, assistant director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently earned the 2011 IMSLEC® Innovator Award for Outstanding Educator in a College or University.
IMSLEC, the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, accredits training courses that utilize a multisensory structured language approach to teaching children with severe communication disorders, including dyslexia and specific learning disabilities.
Cornett, a certified speech-language pathologist, taught at the DuBard School for 20 years before taking over as assistant director and outclient service coordinator in 2003. She also teaches the DuBard Association Method® to professionals from across the country in hopes that more children with oral and written language disorders can be taught using the most effective learning methods.
“Daphne is an excellent speech-language pathologist, leader and motivator,” said school director, Dr. Maureen K. Martin. “She has improved the lives of hundreds of children by teaching them to speak, write and read. She also serves as a liaison for 20 public school districts and is co-author of numerous therapy materials. She is most deserving of this award.”
The DuBard School was established in 1962 and serves as a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school assistschildren with severe language/speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children.
The school is also a practicum and volunteer site for university students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences as well as other disciplines.