Inclusive Learning Classroom Design
Creating Inclusive Spaces
We believe that creating a positive and successful learning experience for students with special needs is just as critical as that of their peers.
It starts with creating a learning environment that is not only physically inclusive but also facilitates academic growth and success. Learning styles and teaching strategies also need to be adapted in kind so that students with special education needs are empowered to learn alongside their peers and contribute to the class in beneficial and constructive ways.
Children with special needs have specific support and therapy needs that regular school furniture is unable to accommodate. Their positioning needs are unique to the way each of their bodies develop and requires adaptable, active furniture that provides options for movement and increased comfort to keep them engaged and happy.
Flexible & Adaptable
Creating a learning environment to accommodate students with special needs requires organized, well-defined areas and flexible furniture that allows for positive learning.
Sensory areas, active seating areas, along with more secluded areas for quiet time if needed, should all be part of an inclusive learning environment.
Flexible Seating Solutions
Offering active seating in the classroom is a great way to support students with special needs.
Depending on the needs of the individual child, teachers can provide active seating options such as rockers, ball chairs, and rocker boards to keep students with learning or developmental issues engaged.
Active seating means better student attention, less restlessness, and increased classroom participation.
Rockers combine gentle movement and flexible support to help children channel excess energy into classroom endeavors.
Ergonomically designed with gentle, flexible support, rockers encourage healthy movement and a moderate range of motion.
For some students and tasks, sitting low to the ground may be just what is needed to create a comfortable and effective learning environment.
Sturdy and safe, Floor Rockers feature subtle back and forth motion, offering an ergonomic alternative for floor seating.
OUR 3D APPROACH
Discover. Design. Deliver
We have a unique outcome-based approach that we call our “3D” philosophy. We define the outcome you would like to achieve and then determine the actions required to achieve it.
We consider design a hands-on partnership. We want to make sure that the creative aspects are integrated as part of the design, but not at the expense of real-world functionality.
Our clients are supported by a dedicated project management team and receive regular updates on the progress of the project. We are here for you each step of the way.
Our Digital Catalogue
Every day, CDI Spaces works with Educators in Alberta to find the best plans and furnishings possible to bring our schools into the 21st century. Our focus is on creating Student Centered Classrooms where students, parents, and teachers collaborate to encourage the best learning experience possible. You can browse and download our full educational furniture catalogue here.
How Can CDI Spaces Help You?
Let’s have a brainstorming session to Discover what you want to accomplish for your classroom or business. This is the first D in our process. We will figure out what your purpose is, what your goals are, and analyze the space plan for your space. A walkthrough of your space would be a very helpful tool in this process as well.
Then, your CDI Spaces team will come back with some ideas, and we will discuss the options together. If you need a budgetary quote on some items, we would be delighted to do that for you as well.
If you like, we can also schedule an time to take you on a site visit to show you some of our current projects. We also really recommend a visit to our design centre, which would be very helpful in understanding new trends and technology.