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SPECIAL NEEDS CENTRES FOR UNIQUE STUDENTS

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.

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LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE FOR THE WIDEST RANGE OF NEEDS

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.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSROOMS      

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.

 

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.

sensory rooms  

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.

escape rooms

Feeling overwhelmed is not conducive to effective learning and this is where an Escape room or space can help students relax and refocus. Dark rooms with light projectors, weighted calming blankets or enclosed furniture such as carrels and booths help create the perfect sanctuary to get away from it all. Limiting bright colours and strong patterns and positioning spaces away from noisy areas adds to the tranquillity.

 

Multipurpose spaces 

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.

outdoor spaces

Outdoor learning spaces with sensory gardens and water features are a perfect pairing with autism programs given their ability to enhance learning experiences. Easy connections between indoors and out where students can explore and engage with plant life  have a positive impact on physical and mental health by reducing stress and anxiety.

Furniture considerations for Special Needs

FURNITURE THAT PROMOTES FOCUS ON THE TASK + INSTRUCTION!

Our range has many options to specifically cater to students with special needs.

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01. FLEX

The Flex Student Chair is perfect for classroom seating and collaborative spaces.

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02. PODZ

Podz Round tables are designed for active learning where flexibility and engagement are key.

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03. SWAY

Sway Stools provide mobility and motion for alternative seated postures so you can stay engaged.

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04. studiwell

The Studiwell Table with its five height adjustments grows with your students.

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05. origami booth

The acoustic absorption of the Origami Booth reduces external noise and unwanted distractions.

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06. PORTAL

Create a cosy reading nook with the Inform Portal. Pair with bookcase shelving or standalone.

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07. CUbo

Cubo Bench Storage is a modern upholstered seating bench with convenient storage underneath. 

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08. planta

Planta allows you to add nature to your indoor space. Compatible with VE ottomans + tables.

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