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DuBard Symposium: Dyslexia & Related Disorders

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September 12-13, 2019

Parkway Heights United Methodist Church
Hattiesburg, Miss.

For 22 years, the DuBard School for Language Disorders has served as host to various notable professionals on topics of dyslexia and related disorders. With two keynote speakers who will be speaking on featured topics throughout the day, this two-day symposium provides a wealth of information on dyslexia and related disorders. Not only does this educational opportunity focus on language-learning disorders, but it also serves as a networking opportunity for professionals and parents who have a common interest.

The DuBard Symposium is recommended for:

  • General and Special Education Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Reading Specialists
  • Dyslexia Therapists
  • Academic Language Therapists
  • Health Care Professionals
  • School Psychologists
  • School Administrators
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and related disorders

Keynote Speakers

Ken Apel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - "It's All About Word Study: A Multi-linguistic Approach to Literacy Instruction"

Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He currently is the principal investigator on a three-year, $1.4M IES-sponsored grant (MATRS: Morphological Assessment for Reading and Spelling) to develop a morphological awareness assessment measure for students in the 1st through 6th grades. Morphological awareness, which is the ability to think about the smallest units of meaning in our language, is a strong predictor of reading and spelling success in children and adults. Dr. Apel is the former editor-in-chief of the scientific journal, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2007–2009). He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received the Honors of that Association.  Kenn Apel will receive an honorarium for his presentation.  No other non-financial relationship exists. 

Learn more about Dr. Apel.

C. Melanie Schuele, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - "All Learners Need a Foundation of Phonological Awareness on which to Build Word Reading and Spelling Skills: Assessment and Intervention"

C. Melanie Schuele, PhD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas and prior to her PhD worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and in early intervention. She is currently director of the School Specialty Track for master’s students in speech-language pathology. Her research is focused on improving outcomes for children with language and literacy learning difficulties with a particular applied interest in improving practices in schools. Along with Naomi D. Murphy, Dr. Schuele is the author of The Intensive Phonological Awareness Program, a standard treatment protocol for small group intervention. She has been the principal investigator on three training grants funded by the United States Department of Education. C. Melanie Schuele will receive an honorarium for his presentation.  No other non-financial relationship exists. 

Learn more about Dr. Schuele.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available:

1.0  Educator CEUs


10 ALTA credits

5 SEMI credits




If you have questions or problems with registering, please contact GCEIC at:

Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium
413 Border Avenue
Wiggins, MS 39577
Phone: 601.528.5342

*Registrations are transferable but are not refundable.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate level, Professional area).

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