Join us for The 4th Annual 22q11.2 Family Conference
November 11-12, 2017
Daniels Hollywood Theatre · SickKids · Toronto
Keynote: Rick Lavoie Author and Inspirational Speaker
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 recent videos “Beyond F.A.T. City: A Look Back, A Look Ahead” and “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success” are among the most widely distributed films in the educational media.
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Helping Children and Youth with 22q Develop Effective Social Skills
The average student spends 1,080 hours a year in the classroom. This represents only 5% of the child's waking hours. The majority of a child's time is spent in SOCIAL situations....in the hallways, in the cafeteria, on the school bus, at Grandma's, at hockey practice and in the neighbourhood.
This presents a significant problem for kids with 22q. The cognitive and learning challenge that they face often impact their ability to interact with peers, family and authority figures. As a result, they often experience social isolation and rejection.
This seminar, based on the speaker's 35 year's experience with students at special boarding schools, will discuss the correlation between 22q and social skill development. Specific strategies will be discussed and demonstrated that will enable parents, professionals and caregivers to assist children in establishing (and maintaining) friendships
Among the topics covered will be:
- The generic nature of social skills difficulties
- The impact of language disabilities and paralinguistics on social skills
- Teaching the Hidden Curriculum to 22q students
- Social skill interventions that DON'T work
- Parents' role in social skill development
- Ten steps toward a successful play date.
We are so thankful to our sponsors whose generous support has helped to make this conference possible.