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DuBard School for Language Disorders to Host 15th Annual Dyslexia Symposium

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The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 15th Annual DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia and Related Disorders Feb. 3-4 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

The International Association Method Task Force and the Southern Miss Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach are also serving as partners in the symposium. Continuing education units have been approved for speech pathologists, educators and school administrators who attend.

“Educators, administrators, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, social workers and parents from across the Southeast gather each year to gain information, services, products and networking opportunities to assist them in supporting and serving children with dyslexia and related disorders,” said Missy Schraeder, professional development coordinator for the DuBard School. “We are excited about the opportunity to share the expertise of nationally-known speakers with them.”

Two renowned keynote speakers will kick off the symposium each day. Georgann Mire, an educational consultant from Baton Rouge, La., will discuss motivational strategies as well as accommodations that can be used to help children with learning disabilities. Suzanne Carreker, vice president of program development for the Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas will speak about activities and strategies that develop oral language and improve reading comprehension.

Other topics will include the following:

  • How to prepare for college transitions
  • National standards for teaching students with dyslexia
  • Reading and the brain: Understanding and helping students with reading difficulties
  • Applications for print for children on the autism spectrum

Early registration for the symposium is $115 before Jan. 7, 2011. For more information or to register, call the Office of Professional Development and Outreach at 601.266.4186. Registration forms may be downloaded online at www.usm.edu/profdev_edoutreach/DYSLEXIA.html