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USM’s DuBard School to Offer Virtual Training Programs

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 02:41pm | By: Brittney Dykes

A course being recordedThe DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently offering a series of virtual learning options for professionals.

In light of the current health crisis and limited time for professionals to attend continuing education events, DuBard School has altered educational opportunities to work around a professional’s schedule. The first two courses offered will be Missing Links in Academics and Seeking Solutions: Is it Dyslexia? These courses will be pre-recorded and available online for two weeks. At the conclusion of the training, a DuBard School staff member will host a live Q&A session via video conferencing.

“We began evaluating our professional offerings this summer when it became apparent that in-person gatherings wouldn’t be an option this year,” said Alison Webster, professional development coordinator for DuBard School. “We believe this structure will not only adhere to Covid-19 precautions but will allow for attendees to complete the course at their pace.”

Missing Links in Academics will introduce professionals to techniques used in the DuBard Association Method® that can be used for students who may not need intensive therapy but could benefit from different teaching structures. This multisensory teaching-learning strategy connects the link that's missing in the classroom to help students reach their fullest potential.

This course is ideal for second - eighth-grade general education and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, reading specialists, and academic language therapists. The course will be available Sept. 28-Oct. 9, 2020 with a live Q&A session on Oct. 13.

Seeking Solutions: Is it Dyslexia? will address a wide range of skill areas and the reasons for assessing each of these areas. Participants will become familiar with commonly used assessment instruments and will learn how the results of a comprehensive evaluation can aid in planning therapy to remediate deficit areas.

Sample evaluation reports will be presented, and participants will learn how to analyze and interpret these reports to develop a profile of student strengths and weaknesses. Suggested participants are speech-language pathologists, psychologists, psychometrists, special education directors, dyslexia therapists, reading specialists, and academic language therapists. The course will be available Oct. 9-25, 2020 with a live Q&A session on Oct. 26.

Each course includes materials that will be provided to attendees in advance. To learn more about these offerings, visit or call DuBard School at 601.266.5223.