Better Attention for Kids with ADHD Through Imaginative Design?

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From  Can Better Designed Classroom Furniture Help Students Who Can’t Sit Still?  A Dutch architectural company has been trying to help fidgety kids concentrate better with their modular furniture design.

Simplistic? Perhaps. Worth considering? Definitely.

They’ve designed stylish furniture for a school that is specifically for students with LD and concentration issues. It seems to me that solutions for learning problems should be equal parts helping remediate and assist kids with LD adapt better to the demands of school, and demanding that schools and teaching adapt to the needs of the diverse learner.

Whether a classroom has student desks lined up in neat rows facing forward, or collaboration-friendly groups of desks or tables, one fact remains the same: Students are expected to sit still for the majority of the school day. For kids who are naturally fidgety, or have ADD or learning disabilities, that’s a real challenge. But as Fast Company Design reports, a Dutch architecture firm, i29, thinks they’ve found a solution that will make it easier for kinetically-inclined students to concentrate.

[via Richard Wanderman]


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2 Responses to Better Attention for Kids with ADHD Through Imaginative Design?

  1. Secil says:

    A lot of this depends on the severity of the learning disability and or if their are developmental disabilities involved. It is a shame that their isn’t access to computers. I am dyslexic and computers greatly helped my ability just to keep the numbers organized in front of me. Graph paper helped me do computations and keep the numbers lined up. Things you might want to do is putting numbers and algebra symbol on poster board and making each kind a number or a symbol. So let’s say the equation is 3x=15 then make one kid 3, one kid x, one kid equals and one kid 15. Eventually you’ll have to bring in some kid as a division sign, some other kids as three to divide both sides as three and then get the class to work out the answer. Other thoughts – make colors stand for things and try to give the kids colored pencils to do their work. Like multiplication will always be done in blue, variables will always be red, division in green. Any visual connections you can make to abstract thoughts are generally helpful. Also, if you can make directions use very simple, few, or no words great. Don’t make their written word and language problems be more of an issue than they have to. Good luck! Let your kids know they can do it, and if they do fail don’t be too hard on them or yourself – just go to plan b, c, well, you get the point.

    • Sanford says:

      I agree that access to computers helps all or at least most kids, and the severity of a learning disability impacts success. It’s interesting that much of your suggestions don’t involve computer technology but “low tech” tools like colored pencils. That’s important because people sometimes get stuck in their thinking and only focus on computer technology.

      Not sure why you posted this in response to this ADHD and furniture design article though.

      Thanks for writing in.

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