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Learning disabilities expert to give presentation at NMSU

Nationally renowned educational advocate and consultant Richard Lavoie will give a presentation at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14.


Lavoie, who produced the training video "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T City Workshop," will present topics directed toward educators, administrators, counselors, parents, social workers and other professionals involved with children. The first session of his program will deal with the effects of learning and language disabilities in the classroom and will outline strategies and techniques to increase motivation in school-age children. During the second session Lavoie will discuss social implications for children with learning disabilities.

Lavoie is the executive director of the Riverview School in Massachusetts, a residential school for children with learning disabilities. He was awarded a White House Citation for his work in 1990. Lavoie is a consultant and has advised the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Family Circle magazine, CBS News, Walt Disney Studios, ABC News and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation along with over 400 school systems in 42 states. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale, Syracuse and Stanford universities.

The registration fee for the program is $30 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. To register or for more information call Elissa Poel at (505) 646-5971, e-mail epoel@nmsu.edu or visit the website at http://education.nmsu.edu/headlines/index.html