Symposium focuses on "Embracing Dyslexia"

Embracing Dyslexia is the theme of a symposium for educators and parents on September 22 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. Sponsors include William Carey University, Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Association, and PREPS (Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools). 
The keynote speaker, Dr. Suzanne Carreker, will present “Best Practices for Classroom Teachers of Reading and Dyslexia Therapists.” Carreker is principal educational content lead at Lexia Learning Systems in Concord, Massachusetts. She serves on the board of the International Dyslexia Association and is the author of William Carey University’s Dyslexia Therapy Program curriculum, Basic Language Skills. Carreker was the former senior vice president of innovative solutions at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas. She frequently speaks at national and international conferences and is the author of systematic literacy curricula, journal articles, and textbook chapters on reading and spelling. She is also the co-author of “Multisensory Instruction of Basic Language Skills Activity Book” and a contributing author to “Multisensory Instruction of Basic Language Skills Text Book (Birsh)” and “IDA Best Practices for Teachers of Reading.”
Symposium Schedule
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and Dr. Carreker will speak from 8 to 10:15 a.m. Session 1 will begin at 10:30, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. During lunch State Rep. Larry Byrd will speak about Mississippi dyslexia law. There will be two more sessions held after lunch; Session 2 starting at 1 p.m. and Session 3 beginning at 2:15 p.m. Session topics include:
  • ADHD and Dyslexia
  • Literacy Instruction for the Classroom Teacher
  • Interpreting Psycho-educational Evaluations: Is This Child Dyslexic?
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • An Overview of WCU Dyslexia Therapy Program: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach
  • Anxiety and Learning Disabilities
Registration for the symposium is $25 ($10 for WCU students). Checks should be made payable to Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Association and sent to MSDTA, 120 South George Street, Petal MS 39465. For more information, please call (601) 297-2362.