HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.
The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.
LEAP is a modified DuBard Association Method® curriculum designed for students with challenges in reading, spelling and/or written language (dyslexia), or who exhibit difficulty rhyming, sounding out words, and blending sounds into words. LEAP's highly specialized multisensory curriculum allows the student to quickly progress through sound-symbol associations and key skills. LEAP goes directly to the problem, teaching the most critical skills to gain maximum results.
LEAP was piloted and has been used at the DuBard School for six years, and internal research shows the program's effectiveness. On average, students diagnosed with a reading disability improved their ability to read unfamiliar words by 64 percent after 48 hours of instruction (one semester).
"We're happy to bring this product to market because we know it will save teachers and therapists valuable time while providing quality services to students," said DuBard School director Dr. Maureen Martin. "We took what we've been working on for six years and put it in a convenient package, allowing therapists to get right to work and spend less time creating and organizing materials."
The LEAP product provides the teacher or therapist the documents needed to implement the program – the therapist/teacher manual, curriculum, PowerPoints for introduction of new material, lesson plans, student books pages, and all of the forms such as informal tests and homework charts. Sold in a digital format, users can complete documents digitally or on paper. The digital format allows therapists to use the program for multiple clients.
"LEAP is a multisensory program that is straightforward, beautifully organized, and the lessons are easy to follow," said Sarah McGrew, a dyslexia therapy master's student who has been teaching LEAP for the past year. "The way in which it incorporates the DuBard Association Method® perfectly teaches the skills needed for children or adults with dyslexia."
In addition to purchasing the disc, professionals can also purchase a complete instructional set that includes supplemental materials needed to implement the program such as flash cards, student practice pages and more.
LEAP is recommended to be used by individuals who have had professional preparation to do so, such as completing the Basic Course in the DuBard Association Method®. LEAP is only available to purchase through The University of Southern Mississippi bookstore. To learn more, visit www.usm.edu/dubard.
About the DuBard School for Language Disorders
The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students studying speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education and dyslexia therapy. DuBard School for Language Disorders is a United Way agency. Further information is found at www.usm.edu/dubard.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.