is coming to Effingham, IL

Family Matters Parent and Training Information Center LogoFamily Matters Parent Training and Information Center and StarNet Region IV are pleased to announce that:

 is coming to Effingham, IL
September 18th and 19th, 2015
Join Family Matters as Rick shares his sensitive and compelling messages about learning disabilities and social skills issues.

If you want to register by phone call 866-436-7842, x3516 or visit http://www.fmptic.org/node/3559

You may remember Rick best for his presentation “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension)”. Rick has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Walt Disney Presents.
Rick has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years and holds three degrees in Special Education and two Honorary Doctorates in Education from the University of Massachusetts and Mitchell College (CT).

Friday, September 18, 2015

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00-12:00 The Motivation Breakthrough: Turning on the Tuned-Out Child
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-3:00 Fairness: The Key to Effective Behavior Management


Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • 9:00-9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30-11:30 It’s So Much Work To Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success
  • 11:30-12:00 Break with Snacks
  • 12:00-2:00 Presentation continues with additional information on The Hidden Curriculum and The Social Implications to Learning Disabilities

    Thelma Keller Convention Center at The Holiday Inn
1202 N Keller Drive, Effingham, IL, 62401

Cost: $20 for one day, $30 for both days
  Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Parents may call 866-436-7842, x3516 if interested in a registration fee scholarship.

Professional Development Units for Educators will be offered if requested upon registration.

The Motivation Breakthrough: Turning On The Tuned-Out Child
This workshop begins with an exploration of some of the common misconceptions related to student motivation and some of the common strategies that are ineffective: competition, reward systems, and punishment. Specific approaches and strategies will then be presented that will enable teachers and parents to motivate students and maintain that motivation throughout the school year.

Fairness: The Key to Effective Behavior Management Topics explored during this workshop: uses and abuses of competition in the inclusive classroom, the doctrine of fairness, learning as a quantum experience, dealing with conflict, teaching the “hidden curriculum” of social skills, multidisciplinary vs. transdisciplinary approaches to the team meeting.

It’s So Much Work To Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success The majority of people with learning disorders have marked difficulty perceiving, understanding, and responding to social situations. Social isolation, rejection, and humiliation are often the result. This session will explore the relationship between learning disabilities and social incompetence and strategies will be presented that can be used by parents, teachers, and coaches and caregivers to assist students in gaining peer acceptance and developing age-appropriate social skills.