Every year noted LD education expert Rick Lavoie comes to Forman during Parents' Weekend. His task is the same each time: to give new Forman families a sense of what the next few years will be like. On Thursday 18, new Forman families gathered in the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater to begin their journey together.
Rick Lavoie is the perfect messenger because he has seen it all in LD education. Lavoie has worked in residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. As noted on his website, Rick serves as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations including Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine, and WETA. He is a member of the Professional Advisor Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.
"What makes Rick so special for our new families is that he focuses on all the aspects of being in a family with a child with learning differences," says Adam Man, Head of Forman School. "His talks are informal and filled with anecdotes about what it is like to be the parents, grandparents, or siblings of a student enrolled at Forman. Rick is able to put our families at ease because they see themselves and their experiences in his stories. They realize they are not alone and that the issues they face have been handled by others before. They see a path to success that they might not have seen before coming to Forman."