April works full time in higher education balancing her time between her special needs son, handsome husband, elderly mother, and new baby coming in May 2014. She has a background in theatre, film, and television but somehow stumbled into the educational field. She loves spending time with her family, dreaming of the beach and organizing her house.

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Classrooms Built for Special Needs Children

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Have you ever wondered what a classroom that is designed by therapists and engineers to incorporate disabilities into the learning environment would look like?  Did you even think it was a possibility?  If your child has ADD,  ADHD, can’t sit still or can’t focus, then you might see something in the future that will transform the traditional special needs classroom.

A typical classroom has a standard desk and chairs. But what if the chairs were designed to help the student who can’t sit still all day in a classroom?  What if  the chairs also functioned as a desk if they stood up to learn?  Moving around the classroom to various other workstations would help them to focus and they would then be able to learn more.

I29 is a Dutch Architectural Firm that uses a wire based concept for their furniture.   The theory behind this concept centers around stimulating the students to figure out the different functions of the furniture and thus it helps them to concentrate in the classroom.  However, this theory has not yet been proven and it has yet to be tried here in the United States.

It is an interesting theory that you can redesign furniture to fit the needs of the student instead of the furniture fitting the needs of the school funding and space.  I think if this is explored a little more, it might turn out to be beneficial.  Not every solution will fit every kid, but this is a positive step in the right direction of thinking outside the box.

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