Recording of Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed: Understanding Social Language: “Sorry, that seat’s taken….”   Webinar

Recording of Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed: Understanding Social Language: “Sorry, that seat’s taken….” Webinar

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Recording of Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed: Understanding Social Language: “Sorry, that seat’s taken….” Webinar 

Presenter: Richard D. Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed

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You’ve seen him on TV, you’ve watched his legendary videos, including "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop" one of the most widely distributed films in the educational media, and you may even have been lucky enough to see him speak in person. Yes, Rick Lavoie, one of the world’s most engaging educational speakers, will be coming to teach, inspire, and entertain us in three inspiring live and recorded Hot Topic webinar sessions this fall. This third session on social language skills will provide you with unique and proven strategies that really work. Now, more than ever, Rick’s words of wisdom will be a welcome source of guidance and hope during, and beyond, these uncertain times.  If what you’ve been doing hasn’t been yielding the kinds of results you want, sign up and grab your opportunity to watch Rick speak and ask him your questions.  

In any classroom there exists a percentage of students who are isolated or rejected by their classmates. Often, the rejected child is failing to understand and interpret “Social Language.” It is estimated that 90+percent of the messages that we communicate to one another are communicated via nonverbal language. If a child is unable to understand this language, he will become an unappealing social partner.

Nonverbal language (paralinguistics) consists of four areas:

 -          KINESICS:  The use of the body to communicate via gestures, posture, facial expression, etc.

-          PROXEMICS: Use of physical space to communicate via contact, closeness, public, social and intimate spaces

-          VOCALICS: Use of the voice to communicate via pitch, tempo, pause, loudness.

-          ARTIFACTUAL SYSTEMS: Use of clothing and accessories to communicate.

This session will demonstrate and explain these concepts and their critical importance in social acceptance.

We will also discuss ways that a teacher can assist the isolated child become a part of the learning community.


Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He holds three degrees in Special Education and holds two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007).  He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama, University of Melbourne and Georgetown.  His numerous national television appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.

Rick is the author of the book It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success and The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning On the Tuned Out Child.

Most parents and professionals know Rick through his videos "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T.  City Workshop" one of the most widely distributed films in the educational media.

Rick and his wife, Janet have three grown children and enjoy spending time with their two young grandchildren. They live on beautiful Cape Cod.

Rick welcomes visitors to his website

CREDITS: Whether you watch live or view the recording, this training offers 2 cont. ed. hours for all, and Certificate Maintenance Hours (CMHs) for Speech Language Pathologists. ASHA accepts CMHs towards the 30 hours needed for re-certification. 


PLEASE NOTE: The information provided in this hot topic webinar may not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of Reading with TLC.  

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