Rick Lavoie

Anshei Sefard 4502 14th Ave Brooklyn, NY 

Jan. 6, 2020 - 10:15 AM-12:15 PM


It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend:

Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success

This seminar will explore the relationship between learning disabilities and social incompetence and will identify the specific causes for specific social skill deficits.  Field tested strategies will be presented that can be used by parents, teachers, coaches and caregivers to assist students in gaining peer acceptance and developing age-appropriate social skills.

Among the topics covered will be:

  • The impact of social incompetence upon the daily life of children.

  • The direct correlation between social skill deficits and learning disabilities.

  • The generic nature of social skill deficits.

  • A review of the history of social skill instruction and the weaknesses of the current approaches.

  • The impact of paralinguistics (non-verbal language) on the development of social competence.

  • Helping the child develop friendships and positive peer relationships.

  • The use of Social Skill Autopsies to improve interaction skills.

  • Teaching the Hidden Social Curriculum to children to improve peer acceptance.

  • Factors that enhance children’s social acceptance.


  • The participants will understand the link between learning disabilities and social competence.

  • The participants will be familiar with terminology and concepts related to paralinguistics.

  • The participants will be familiar with the dynamics of childhood reputation.

  • The participants will learn five strategies designed to foster and promote social acceptance in the classroom and community.

Rick Lavoie

Anshei Sefard 4502 14th Ave Brooklyn, NY 

Jan. 6, 2020 - 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM


Understanding Attention Deficits:
Viewing the World Through a Wide Angle Lens


There is no disorder that is more widely studied - and so universally misunderstood ­ than Attention Deficits. This seminar is designed to clarify some of the many misconceptions about A.D.D. and present a model of the disorder, which is comprehensive and comprehendible. This model translates into practical and effective management techniques that can be used at home and in the classroom.

Among the topics discussed in the seminar will be:

  • Hyperactivity

  • Gender issues

  • Causes and symptoms of A.D.D.

  • Distractibility

  • Disinhibition

  • Impulsivity

  • Medication

Beyond merely defining the syndrome, the seminar will also present field-tested strategies to assist the child with attentional problems.


  • The learner will understand the basic history of the development of the A.D.D. field.

  • The learner will understand the causes and effects of A.D.D. on performance progress and potential.

  • The learner will master ten techniques to assist, guide and teach to children with A.D.D.