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Mississippi College Hosts Dyslexia Conference

February 25, 2008

Teachers, parents, and school administrators are invited to a two-day conference at Mississippi College on dyslexia and other issues related to the learning disability.

Speakers will tackle topics such as educational techniques for children with ADHD, and assessment for youngsters with dyslexia and reading difficulties. It will also focus on Mississippi laws on dyslexia, among other things.

The conference is titled "practical interventions for children with learning differences." The cost to participants is $50 plus a $10 continuing education fee for the sessions March 26-27. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day on the Clinton campus. A maximum of 150 people can sign up for the workshops.

MC's year-old Dyslexia Education Center is serving the needs of 13 youngsters from the Jackson area and expects to grow in 2008. There's presently a waiting list for students. The center offers an evaluation process to helps students, parents and educators understand how to reach and teach dyslexic children.

Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence and primarily is seen in difficulties one has with written language, primarily reading and spelling, experts say.

MC's program has received encouragement from the Mississippi Scottish Rite Masons and generous grants from the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian and Robert Hearin Support Foundation of Jackson.

MC's conference "is going to cover several topics of interest to the parents, professionals and others that attend," said Mitti Bilbo, the director of the Dyslexia Education Center. "We are eagerly anticipating a great turnout."

For more information, contact Mitti Bilbo at 601-925-7649 or MBilbo@mc.edu

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