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DuBard School to Host Missing Links in Academics Seminar Nov. 4-5

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The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Missing Links in Academics seminar Nov. 4-5 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. both days, the seminar will benefit kindergarten through eighth grade teachers, reading specialists and speech language pathologists. The cost is $250 before Oct. 14 and the fee includes lunch and materials.

The seminar is designed to provide multisensory techniques for teaching the National Reading Panel area of reading which include:

  • Syllable types and syllable division rules
  • Use morphemes as a way of increasing comprehension
  • Ways of building reading fluency
  • Methods of teaching comprehension strategies

“I gained valuable information that I took back with me to use in my classroom,” said Teresa Belton, first-grade teacher in the Stone County Public School District and a past participant.

Former attendees laud the seminar for its detail-oriented platform and hands-on experience. “I really enjoyed the seminar. Everything was well-prepared with great information presented,” said Valmena Blackman, a speech language pathologist with the Hattiesburg Public School District.

Additional topics to be discussed during the seminar include characteristics of language disorders, sound-symbol association, spelling analysis of prefixes and suffixes, vocabulary and comprehension instruction, semantics, syntax and graphic organizers.

The seminar is approved for 1.2 continuing education units for educators and speech-language pathologists. For more information or to register, call Professional Development and Educational Outreach at 601.266.4186 or visit www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach/MLACAD .html