Community Service Events


We offer various events to many different constituencies in the St. Louis community who need or want more information related to learning disabilities.

Our annual College Opportunities Fair for LD/ADHD connects area high school students and their families with college and university personnel who address their specific questions as they journey through the collegiate process.

Wilson® Parent Workshops are offered four times a year for interested parents, educators, or community members who would like to learn more about the research behind the Wilson Reading System® program and why it works. Experience Dyslexia®: A Learning Disabilities Simulation created by the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association allows participants to truly experience what dyslexia is and how it makes you feel.

As they become available, movies are screened on the topics of learning disabilities and dyslexia. The annual American Iris Society Show sponsored by the Kirkwood Iris Society is held in May. Participation is open to our Churchill Center & School students as well as the local community.

For more information on Churchill’s Community Service Events, check out our upcoming events below or email Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.


Reviews from Community Service Attendees

  • “I found the event to be very helpful. We found several new college options, plus a lot of helpful general information. I think this is an outstanding community service for the school to provide.”
    – College Opportunities Fair Parent Attendee
  • “I love the fact that all the activities were hands on. They made me realize how challenging school can be for these children.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Participant
  • “I felt the frustration my students must feel.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Teacher Participant
  • “The simulation helped me better understand my students. I learned it’s not about working harder, but teaching differently.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Teacher Participant
  • “The simulation helped me as a parent better understand how my son learns. It was very eye opening! Now I really understand the frustrations he must face on a daily basis.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Parent Participant

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WRS® Introductory Course (CANCELLED)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In accordance with Missouri Governor Parson's statewide order, Churchill Center & School will be closed until at least April 22, 2020.

WILSON READING SYSTEM® 4th EDITION INTRODUCTORY COURSE

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Courtyard by Marriott West County
12815 Daylight Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131

WHAT:
The Wilson Reading System® is a comprehensive remedial program for students in grades 2-12 and adults needing intensive intervention. This 16.5 hour introductory course provides hands-on practice and application of skills with the WRS Lesson Plan to effectively begin implementing the program. It serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level 1 Certification.

Cost: $675 per participant. Bring your own lunch.

Materials are not included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training®.

* FULL ATTENDANCE at all three days is required in order for you to receive full credit for the course. *

Churchill Speaker Series – Rick Lavoie! (CANCELLED)

Rick Lavoie

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In accordance with Missouri Governor Parson's statewide order, Churchill Center & School will be closed until at least April 22, 2020.

Community Outreach Speaker Series Presents...
Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | at Churchill Center & School

Topic: The Struggling Child at Home and in the Family
This seminar, based on Rick's 40+ years of experience in Special Education, will offer suggestions for strategies that parents can use to monitor and manage children's behavior at home and in the community.

*** This session is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. ***

"If he'd only sit still, stop talking and listen to me, I could deal with his ADHD."

The oft-quoted ancient African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" is particularly true when the child has a learning disorder. The child's progress and potential is greatly dependent on the ability of parents and teachers to work together.

This seminar, based on Rick's 40+ years experience in Special Education, will offer suggestions for strategies that parents can use to monitor and manage children's behavior at home and in the community. The home environment and the school environment are, of course, different from one another, but there are strategies that work effectively at home and at school. These strategies seldom involve punishment, rewards or restrictions.

Rick will discuss the ineffectiveness of punishment and offer several optional responses to misbehavior or disrespect.

*** YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SEMINAR. ***

Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He has also served as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations.

Rick 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 and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).

Rick’s intensive experiences at residential schools provided him with a “living laboratory” in which he developed and refined his methods and philosophies related to the education of children and adolescents with special needs.

Most parents and professionals know Rick through his videos "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop", "Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities" and “When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline”. These classic, award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world.

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For questions or more information about Churchill Center & School’s Outreach Program, contact Mary Brotherton, Director of Community Outreach, at 314-997-4343 or mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.

Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities.