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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Doors Open 8:15 am
Conference 9 am to 2:30 pm
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department
46900 South Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Early Bird Registration for parents and family members:
through September 9, 2016: $25
Registration for parents, family members, and professionals:
September 10, 2016 – October 7, 2016: $35
(Includes light breakfast, lunch, and a copy of
The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child by Rick Lavoie.)
Every learning theory from Maslow to Gardner has “motivation” as its initial and fundamental step. However, few adults have a repertoire of effective motivational strategies and techniques. We tend to use a “one size fits all” approach by attempting to motivate all children with one single reward system, star chart or grading policy. This conference presents an innovative and field-tested model that enables adults to better understand and foster motivation of children at all ages.
The workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to motivation and some of the common strategies that are, simply, ineffective (competition, reward systems, punishment). Specific approaches and strategies will then be presented that will enable teachers and parents to motivate children…and maintain that motivation throughout the year.
- That the participant will understand the three basic truths about motivation.
- That the participant will re-examine the basic approaches (e.g., competition, punishment, reward systems, etc.) and recognize the relative ineffectiveness of these strategies.
- That the participant will recognize the six factors that motivate human beings (gregariousness, autonomy, etc.).
- That the participant will translate these factors into practical, pragmatic strategies.
About the Speaker:
Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and holds two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007). He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama, University of Melbourne and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.
He has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).
Rick is the author of the book “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success” (2005). The book addresses the direct link between learning disabilities and social skills issues that many children face. Rick provides specific strategies for parents, teachers and caregivers about how to assist the child in making and keeping friends.
Most parents and professionals know Rick through his videos “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop”, “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities” and “When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline”. These classic, award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world.
His recent videos “Beyond F.A.T. City: A Look Back, A Look Ahead” and “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success” are among the most widely distributed films in the educational media.
Rick and his wife, Janet have three grown children and live in the shadows of historic Fenway Park in Boston.
- Payment by Visa/MC, PayPal (online registration only), or Check (subject to returned check fee). NO REFUNDS.
- Requests for accommodations due to disability no later than October 7, 2016.
- The last day to register is October 7, 2016.
- NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS.
To register by phone, have Visa/MC ready and call the Rick Lavoie Conference Registration Line at 240-561-8860.
To register by mail:
Download the conference flyer and fill in the registration form on page 2.
Send it with your check payable to “Autism Spectrum Support Group” for $25 for parents and family members through September 9, 2016, or for $35 for parents, family members, and professionals starting September 10, 2016.
All registrations must be postmarked by October 1, 2016.
Send to:Autism Spectrum Support Group of SoMDP.O. Box 2162California, MD 20619
- Registration questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Conference questions may be directed to Susan Shannon at 301-863-4069 or email@example.com.
- Mr. Lavoie will be available to sign copies of his books.
This conference is brought to you by the Southern Maryland Collaborative for Families of Children with Disabilities:
Partners for Success Centers (Calvert, Charles, & St. Mary’s Counties) Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (Calvert & Charles Counties) Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Special Education (St. Mary’s County) Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary’s County The Parents’ Place of Maryland
Registrations are closed for this event.