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DuBard School Now Enrolling for After-School Program Targeting Dyslexia

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The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently enrolling for an after-school program to serve young struggling readers.

The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is designed for students ages 5 through 10 with challenges in reading, spelling and written language, who may or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

The after-school program includes three one-hour sessions per week available in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Services are provided in small-group settings by paraprofessionals with extensive backgrounds in scientifically based reading approaches.

“Providing children with the reading tools they need to succeed is one of the primary goals of LEAP,” said Daphne Cornett, assistant director of the DuBard School and LEAP coordinator. “Providing children with the reading tools they need to succeed is one of the primary goals of LEAP. We help students build their reading and writing skills so they are able to establish a strong foundation.”

There is a small fee for the service with scholarships available.

 “LEAP is one of the DuBard School’s handful of outreach programs set to positively impact the lives of children who are struggling with written language,” said Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School. “These programs not only develop their reading skills, but also make it possible for them to be successful in general education settings.”

Registration for fall semester LEAP should be completed by Friday, Aug. 24. For additional information and to register, contact the DuBard School at 601.266.5223, dubard@usm.edu or www.usm.edu/dubard.