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April 5, 2006
Contact: Alan Warne, KUMC Continuing Education, (913) 588-4487.

KU dyslexia conference offers the latest in research, diagnosis and treatment

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education and the Kansas/Missouri Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will present the latest dyslexia research findings at a conference April 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

The 12th annual spring conference, Overcoming Dyslexia: Research, Diagnosis and Treatment, will feature brain-imaging studies conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.

“These studies provide valuable information about the causes of, and best treatments for, reading and spelling difficulties,” said Billie Calvery, president of the Missouri/Kansas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

The conference also will address the role of health care providers in identifying reading disability and making appropriate referrals, provide practical information on language instruction and address the collaboration among health care providers, educators, parents and dyslexic individuals, according to Calvery.

Conference sessions are designed to benefit pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, mental health care providers, social workers, speech/language pathologists, educators, providers of educational therapies, researchers, parents, dyslexic individuals and all persons who have an interest in dyslexia, including students and trainers/educators in the fields of medicine, mental health care, social work, speech and language and education.

To register, or for complete details, visit www.continuinged.ku.edu/ or call (785) 864-5823.

The conference is accredited for continuing education for physicians, nurses and speech/language professionals. All other professions will receive a certificate of attendance.

For additional information, contact Alan Warne, associate director for program development, KUMC Continuing Education, at (913) 588-4487 or awarne@ku.edu.

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