FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW to host seminar for parents, teachers of
children with learning differences
COLUMBUS, Miss. – A free seminar for parents and
teachers of children and youth with special needs
will be held at Mississippi University for Women on
Saturday, Jan. 28.
The Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning
will host Rick Lavoie, an administrator of
residential programs for young people with special
needs. Lavoie will discuss helping the child with
learning disabilities find social success.
After 30 years of working with residential schools,
Lavoie offers well-developed and refined methods and
philosophies on the unique educational needs for
He holds three degrees in special education and
shares his knowledge and wisdom through teaching as
a professor, lecturing at numerous universities such
as Harvard and the University of Alabama and serving
as a consultant on learning disabilities to several
media agencies and organizations including the New
York Times and Girl Scouts of America.
Among Lavoie’s many accomplishments are several well
known videos including “How Difficult Can This Be?:
The F.A.T. City Workshop” and “Last One Picked,
First One Picked On: The Social Implications of
His bio noted that after viewing the videos, former
first lady Barbara Bush stated, “You really wowed
us. I only wish that every parent and teacher in the
United States today could also see your program.”
Lavoie's new video on behavior management titled
“When the Chips are Down” is now available through
The institute will be held in the Pope Banquet Rooms
on the 2nd floor of Hogarth Dining Center from
7:45a.m. to 1p.m. Lunch will be provided.
This program is funded by a congressionally-directed
grant through the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, please call the Wicker Center
at (662) 241-6101.