Nationally Recognized Authority On Adolescent Learning Differences Presents Two Workshops on Motivation and Parenting

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Rick Lavoie Speaks to Bergen County Teachers and Parents on Preparing Students for Success in the Classroom and in Life

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On Thursday, March 4, Barnstable Academy will host nationally recognized expert and motivational speaker Rick Lavoie at the Best Western Regency House Hotel in Pompton Plains (140 Route 23 North). In two different workshops, Rick Lavoie will inspire, enlighten, and empower teachers and parents with solutions to classroom motivation and family communication.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Lavoie has been an administrator of residential programs for children with learning differences such as Dyslexia and ADHD, but is probably best known for his award-winning videos, “How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop” and “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities.” He currently serves as a consultant to the National Center for Learning Disabilities and has delivered the Keynote Addresses for the three major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States – Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder.    

“Rick Lavoie has been instrumental in helping educators and parents recognize ineffective methods and adopt life-changing tools to help them work with adolescents with Dyslexia, ADHD, and social anxieties,” says Bob Wolk, Executive Director of Barnstable Academy. “This is a tremendous opportunity for area educators seeking CEU credits,” says Elizabeth Brodbar-Baumel, Director of Admission at Barnstable Academy. Each of the workshops qualifies educators to receive two CEU credits.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 4, Mr. Lavoie will present, “The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child.” Though open to parents, this workshop is oriented to local educators and professionals who work with children with learning differences. Mr. Lavoie will begin with an exploration of common misconceptions and ineffective strategies related to student motivation and then discuss strategies to enable teachers (and parents) to motivate students.

Mr. Lavoie will welcome local parents and professionals to a second workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. entitled “Parenting in the 21st Century: Unique Pleasures, Unique Pressures.” This workshop will focus on assisting parents with the daily challenges they face in helping their child safely navigate the threats of an ever-changing world: school violence, the threats presented by the internet, etc. Parents should be prepared to laugh, cry, and change their family dynamic for the better.

For more information on these events, please call (201) 651-0200. To order tickets, visit

About Barnstable Academy:
For more than 30 years, Barnstable Academy ( has been home to students with learning differences and has helped thousands of these students find themselves academically and socially in a college prep environment. We are located in Oakland, NJ. For more information, please visit our Web site at or call Elizabeth Brodbar-Baumel at (201) 651-0200.


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