Rick Lavoie

Location To be Announced

Jan. 8, 2020 - 10:15 AM-12:15 PM


The Motivation Breakthrough:


6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child


Every learning theory from Maslow to Gardner has "motivation" as its initial and fundamental step.  However, few teachers have a repertoire of effective motivational strategies and techniques.  In the classroom we tend to use a "one size fits all" approach by attempting to motivate all students with one single reward system, star chart or grading policy.  This seminar presents an innovative and field-tested model that enables teachers to better understand and foster student motivation at all grade levels.

The workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student 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 students…and maintain that motivation throughout the school year.

This workshop, based on the book by the same name, encourages teachers to examine and identify each child’s “motivational” style and to design motivational strategies that will inspire the child to reach his or her potential.


  • That the participants will understand the three basic truths about classroom motivation.

  • That the participants will re-examine the basic classroom 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 classroom strategies.

Rick Lavoie

Location To Be Announced

Jan. 8, 2020 - 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM


Behavior Management Strategies for the Child with LD

This session will present dozens of field-tested behavior management techniques for use at home and in the classroom. These strategies are designed specifically for use with students with language and attention deficits.

All of the techniques are presented within a context of support, structure and responsiveness. The philosophical underpinning of each strategy will also be presented.

  • The participants will understand the concept that current trends, issues and legislation in the field of Special Education have a direct impact upon students and their families.

  • The participants will recognize the importance of attempting to view situations and problems from the perspective of the children they serve.

  • The participants will understand the functional differences among "mainstreaming", "inclusion" and "total inclusion".

  • The participants will understand the concept of "fairness" and its application to home and school situations.

  • The participants will understand that learning/attentional disorders are complex and require complex and thoughtful treatments and solutions; "simple solutions" are generally ineffective and can be counter productive.


  • The learner will understand the impact of impulsivity and disinhibition on behavior.

  • The learner will understand the importance of positive reinforcement and the comparative ineffectiveness of negative feedback.

  • The learner will understand the operational construct of successive approximation.