Parent Education Workshops


We created Parent Education Workshops to provide a deeper understanding of learning disabilities and dyslexia for parents, grandparents, siblings, and other support figures.

Our staff and guest speakers share simulations, explanations, and strategies that answer your questions on learning disabilities — all in a friendly, approachable setting.

You don’t have to be the parent of a student enrolled at Churchill to attend one of our events. For more information on Churchill’s Parent Education Workshops, check out our upcoming events below or email Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.


Reviews from Parent Education Workshop Attendees

  • “I learned how the foundations of Wilson® help struggling readers.”
    – Parent Workshop Attendee: Reading Strategies for LD/Dyslexic Students
  • “We attended your Wilson® Parent Workshop and gained a greater understanding of the program and how and what is should accomplish. We learned a ton and believe you all are so knowledgeable; it was so obvious that you are passionate about your jobs and love children!”
    – Parent Workshop Attendee: Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop
  • “I could tell you really wanted us to learn and have our questions answered! It was empowering!”
    – Parent Workshop Attendee: Simulations & Adaptations of LD & ADHD
  • “WOW – thank you for the Parent Workshop last night. It was awesome and your teachers are so passionate and love their jobs. We could tell! We learned a ton and are so appreciative.”
    – Parent Workshop Attendee: Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop
  • “I loved the positivity in the workshop!”
    – Parent Workshop Attendee: Simulations & Adaptations of LD & ADHD

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Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – April 2020 (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.

You are invited to attend a Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop at Churchill Center & School!

Topics to be addressed will include the following:
• Brain Basics
• Why Wilson Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

Event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

* RSVP to Community Outreach Director, Mary Brotherton, at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. *

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.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – June 2020

You are invited to attend a Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop at Churchill Center & School!

Topics to be addressed will include the following:
• Brain Basics
• Why Wilson Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

Event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

* RSVP to Community Outreach Director, Mary Brotherton, at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. *

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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.