Teacher In-Service Training

How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City Workshop (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension)

This unique program allows viewer to experience the same frustration, anxiety and tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives.  Rick Lavoie presents a series of striking simulations designed to emulate the daily experience of children with learning disabilities. {video, lecture, discussion}


It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

Teachers learn the important role that social skills play in influencing a child’s life. Based on research, the program describes four types of social categories in the school setting and explains how “hidden curriculum” determines acceptable social behavior among children and adolescents.  Rick Lavoie shares specific techniques teachers can use to foster and promote social development in children.    {video, lecture, discussion}


Last One Picked, First One Picked On

Every child has experienced embarrassment or rejection in social situations. But kids with learning disabilities are often isolated and rejected, and sometimes have a particularly hard time making and  keeping friends.  Richard Lavoie, a nationally-known expert on learning disabilities, explains why this happens - and what parents or teachers can do to help children improve their social skills.     {video, lecture, discussion}


The Motivation Breakthrough

Motivation is the key to learning. But very few parents and teachers have an effective arsenal of techniques at their disposal. With empathy and understanding, backed by decades of experience in the classroom, Rick Lavoie gives parents and teachers the key to unlock any child's enthusiasm and responsiveness. The Motivation Breakthrough will revolutionize the way parents, teachers, and professionals reach out to and motivate all children.    {video, lecture, discussion}


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for the Educator

The techniques presented in this workshop are condensed from a 12- hour training program developed and presented by the Crisis Prevention Institute.  The workshop was developed exclusively for the educator who must manage disruptive, assaultive, or out of control adolescents.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes due to the nature of the class.   {Video, Lecture, Workbook, Hands-On}


Sensory Questions & Answers

Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique DVD, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the sensory challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas for caregivers and for individuals on the spectrum. Her personal experiences with these challenges have resulted in a deep understanding of sensory issues and her advice is tried and true. In this DVD, she passes her wisdom on to you.     {video &, discussion}


Universal Design for Learning

Teachers will be introduced to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which alleviates the unintentional barriers in a traditional classroom.  The three principles of UDL:  Multiple Means of Representation;  Multiple Means of Actions and Expression; Multiple Means of Engagement, will be addressed and practiced during the  training session.  Teachers will also learn how to incorporate UDL into writing their lesson plans.


When the Chips Are Down (Learning Disabilities and Discipline)

Do you ever have days when the kids seem totally out of control?  Do you find yourself falling into the same pointless arguments with your children or students?  Rick Lavoie, a nationally known expert on learning disabilities offers practical advice on dealing with behavior problems, quickly and effectively.  He shows how preventive discipline can anticipate many problems before they start.  Lavoie explains how teachers and parents can create a stable, predictable, environment in which children can flourish.    {Video, Lecture, Open Discussion}

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