Children with autism spectrum disorder
Body fit- Use of sliding doors for entering the classroom, door lever handles, and adjustable kitchen counter accommodates a wide range of body abilities and sizes.
Comfort- A range of seating options is included to fit an individual student’s social and spatial needs. Students can sit and read or study on softer, more lounge-like furniture, small group tables, or large group tables.
Awareness- Each area and function is physically and visually separated from the remainder of the classroom by low partitions, ceiling heights, or different flooring materials and colors.
Understanding- The classroom is designed to be a modular element that can is repeated throughout the school. The use of distinctive floor patterns, colors, and materials helps guide students and visitors through space by clearly defining circulation paths.
Wellness- The soft floor surfaces and toxic-free materials can reduce injuries and allergies.
Social Integration- Central courtyard and external garden space nurtures a sense of community and encouraging social interaction.
Personalization- Lightweight modular furniture can be moved and stacked in different ways that can be adapted to the individual needs of the teacher or student.
Cultural Appropriateness- Classroom is designed for people of all cultures and backgrounds.