School Workshop Presentation : Difficulties And Struggles A Learning Disabled Child Facing The General Education Classroom

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Richard D. Lavoie, in his F.A.T. City workshop presentation, highlighted the difficulties and struggles a learning disabled child faces in the general education classroom. The title F.A.T. City comes from the acronym standing from frustration, anxiety and attention, a whirlwind of emotions felt by the learning disabled child in a classroom where he/she is not understood. The workshop took place in a regular classroom in what appeared to have been the 1980s. The classroom was spacious, and the tables where set up in a horse shoe fashion: all of the tables connected. The room was clean and organized, with a large bay window on the right side of the room (if looking from the view of the participants. Throughout the workshop, he used a variety of materials to convey his message, including a book cover, and a booklet or flipbook that the participants each received a copy of. The layout of the room was crowded due to the placement of the chairs where the participants were sitting. The participants were right next to each other, with a few in in a second row behind the main group of participants. This left a large space where participants could have been setting, but the area was not made available. An advantage of the presenter having the room set up in this fashion is he was easily able to interact with all of the participants without having to walk through and around others while engaging with another. Looking at the participants, it is obvious that while they appear to be

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