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Subject: Deaf/HOH/FREE Visual Phonics Workshop - June 8 and 9, 2010

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors

Date: April 21, 2010

DESE has arranged for a FREE workshop on Visual Phonics.  The workshop will be held in Room 202 at the Innovations Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Tuesday June 8 and Wednesday, June 9, 2010.  The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. each day.  A link to travel directions is included in this notice.  Participation will be limited to 40 participants.

"See the Sound/Visual Phonics" is a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading, language, and writing skills.  It is a system associating each sound in our language with a hand signal and graphic symbol.  "See the Sound/Visual Phonics" links speech sounds to our other senses in a natural progression.  The mouth movements for each phoneme are then mirrored in a hand gesture.  The gesture in turn is reflected in a written symbol.  "See the Sound/Visual Phonics" fixes the movements, which triggers better memory.  It has been used successfully with hearing impaired students as well as students with learning disabilities, autism, speech and language problems, literacy, ESL, and EMH.  General education teachers pre-K through grade 3 have found the program to be beneficial in teaching phonics skills.

Registration will be through My Learning Plan http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/EffectivePractices/training.html.

Lodging for the workshop will be the responsibility of the participants.  Lunch will be provided both days.  For directions to the Innovations Center, go to:

http://www4.semo.edu/rpdc/Directions/MapsAndDirections.htm.