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Understanding Attention Deficits: Viewing the World Through a Wide Angle Lens

There is no disorder that is more widely studied - and so universally misunderstood than Attention Deficits. Area educators, parents and caregivers and invited to learn more about attention deficit disorder (ADD) through an online seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28.

“Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder: Viewing the World Through a Wide Angle Lens,” with Richard Lavoie is a special presentation during ADHD/ Dyslexia Awareness Month. The seminar is presented by Medford Area Public Schools, Taylor County Literacy Council, and CARES Consortium DPI Mental Health Grant.

This seminar is designed to clarify some of the many misconceptions about ADD and present a model of the disorder, which is comprehensive and comprehendible. This model translates into practical and effective management techniques that can be used at home and in the classroom.

Among the topics discussed in the seminar will be: Hyperactivity, Gender issues, Causes and symptoms of ADD., Distractibility, Disinhibition, Impulsivity, and Medication Beyond merely defining the syndrome, the seminar will also present field-tested strategies to assist the child with attentional problems.


• The learner will understand the basic history of the development of the ADD field.

• The learner will understand the causes and effects of ADD on performance progress and potential.

• The learner will master ten techniques to assist, guide and teach to children with ADD.

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.

He has served as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, USA Today, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine, INSTRUCTOR Magazine and National Public Radio.

In 2009, Rick was the recipient of the Learning Disabilities Associations of America’s Samuel Kirk award.

He has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).

Contact Joseph Greget at [email protected] for more information about taking part in the online seminar.