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DuBard School at Southern Miss to Host Multisensory Math Course Feb. 6-7

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A participant practices one of the many multisensory techniques during the workshop so she can begin to use her new skills immediately upon returning to her professional setting. (Submitted photo)

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a comprehensive Multisensory Math: Using Manipulative Objects to Teach the Common Core course on Feb. 6-7 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

“Our Multisensory Math course was incredibly successful in the past,” said Missy Schraeder, professional development coordinator with the DuBard School. “Because of that, we’ve received so many requests to bring it back that we had to add it to our lineup of offerings again this year.”

The program is designed for general and special education teachers working with basic math through algebra; speech-language pathologists and academic language therapists. The cost is $275 ($300 after Jan. 24) and lunch is included. Continuing Education Units are available for $24.The course is offered for 1.2 CEUs for educators and speech-language pathologists (intermediate level, professional area).

“The hands-on activities, practicing exercises and enthusiasm of presenter were great,” said Dal Murray, a teacher from Columbia, Miss., and past participant.

“This year, our presenter is adding new components to tie in the Common Core State Standards, so individuals who took the course two years ago can come back again for a great refresher as well as gain new information,” said Schraeder.

The course will also cover:

  • Current research concerning math disabilities
  • Importance of using hands-on manipulatives to model math concepts
  • Importance of using appropriate language to reinforce math concepts

Marilyn Zecher, math specialist and Multisensory Math instructor at Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Rockville, Md., will serve as keynote speaker. Zecher is a nationally certified academic language therapist (CALT), specializing in applying multisensory strategies for math, study skills and written language.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders’ professional development program is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), meets the standards of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) for teachers of reading, and is a certified continuing education provider of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. (ASHA).

For more information or to register call Professional Development and Educational Outreach at 601.266.4186 or visit: www.usm.edu/dubard-training.