Featured books by Rick Lavoie

How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop

By: Rick Lavoie
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This book is the leader's discussion guide for the F.A.T. City Workshop. This important program looks at the world through the eyes of a learning-disabled child by taking you to a unique workshop attended by parents, educators, psychologists and social workers. There they join in a series of classroom activities which, cause frustration, anxiety and tension — emotions all too familiar to the student with a learning disability.

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success

By: Rick Lavoie
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

"Life without friends is a lonely and barren existence," but that's a common fate for children who fail to develop proper social skills, writes veteran special education teacher Lavoie in his insightful guidebook to helping children with learning disabilities overcome social skill deficits. Eschewing sink-or-swim and carrot-and-stick approaches, Lavoie stresses communication and patience for parents looking to guide their children through the maze of social interactions encountered daily, from arranging successful play dates and navigating the hidden curriculum of school, to language difficulties, social anxieties and family issues. Lavoie, who has taught and worked in the special education field for over 30 years, shows how to detect learning disabilities, discusses their impact on a child's social development and provides strategies for implementing behavior change.

The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

By: Rick Lavoie
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Backed by decades of experience in the classroom, Lavoie explodes common myths and gives specific advice for motivating children with learning disabilities. He outlines parents’ and teachers’ roles, suggesting ways in which they can work together to encourage any child to reach his or her potential. Finally, he reveals what we can learn from some of the most powerful motivators in the world: advertisers. With empathy and understanding, Lavoie offers parents and teachers the key to unlocking enthusiasm and responsiveness, proving any child can be motivated to learn.

The Six Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities: Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids with LD Succeed in School and in Life

By: Rick Lavoie
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This book identifies the six attributes that lead to success for children with learning disabilities self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal-setting, social support systems, and emotional coping strategies and presents structured activities that foster those traits in students. Each of the 60 fun, ready-to-use activities contains a lesson plan and reproducible student worksheet, complete with modifications, accommodations, and helpful teaching tips.

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