Often sensitive to sound and noise, environments for special needs students are vitally important to reduce overstimulation and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Curating thoughtful spaces that deliver the best learning outcomes!
Special Needs schools are dynamic spaces that need to accommodate a range of unique students. Often sensitive to sound and noise, environments for special needs students are vitally important to reduce overstimulation and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Calm, soft spaces with neutral and natural colour palettes that create a relaxed and homely feel provide the ideal environment and are facilitated through thoughtful material choices that reduce sound transfer and support students in transitioning between spaces.
Design for variety and flexibility.
Each student is an individual with unique needs. To provide the best user experience, each space and zone has its own design considerations with variety and flexibility being integral to all.
The Inclusive Needs Classroom
Zoning classrooms with well defined areas cues students to the activity that is to occur there, encouraging focus and assent. Creating small table pods that accommodate a couple of students to an educator favours collaboration and engagement. Moveable dividers can also assist to provide clarification, whilst allowing ample space between furniture.
The Breakout Zone
Special needs classrooms need breakout zones that allow room for unscripted play and informal learning. Comfortable reading nooks, private work spaces or bean bags in a quiet corner can all provide rest and respite from the bustle of the classroom and sanction time to refocus. Muted shades of blue, green and yellow are ideal to reduce apprehension and provide sanctuary.
The Sensory Zone
These unique rooms are designed to encourage students to engage with their surroundings by promoting sensory stimulation. Hands-on STEM activities, tactile textured surfaces, active seating for movement and sensory gardens are all of vital importance for children on the spectrum. Directly impacted by aesthetics including lighting and colour, touchable, durable materials provide a positive sensory experience.
The Multipurpose Zone
Parents who are often on site need a space to come together with their children and their educators. Round, intimate meeting tables allow for informative discussions whilst high benches permit social observation and experience. Informal spaces with natural tones and soft lighting allow students to transition into the space so they can focus and thrive.
Furniture that Promotes Focus on the Task + Instruction.
Our range has many options to specifically cater to students with special needs.
The Flex Student Chair is perfect for classroom seating and collaborative spaces.
Podz Round tables are designed for active learning where flexibility and engagement are key.
Sway Stools provide mobility and motion for alternative seated postures so you can stay engaged.
The Studiwell Table with its five height adjustments grows with your students.
05. Origami Booth
The acoustic absorption of the Origami Booth reduces external noise and unwanted distractions.
Create a cosy reading nook with the Inform Portal. Pair with bookcase shelving or standalone.
Cubo Bench Storage is a modern upholstered seating bench with convenient storage underneath.
Planta allows you to add nature to your indoor space. Compatible with VE ottomans + tables.