The Use of Flexible Seating to Increase Engagement and Sustained Focus In the Classroom

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The adapted seating, which the group suggests, would be placed in the lecture style classroom in Meristem.

  • Population: The students at Meristem, where many are on the autism spectrum. The need for adapted seating stems from the difficulty students face in staying engaged in the lecture, as they only have seating options that typically accommodate neurotypical students.
  • Goal: To offer employees and students flexible seating and to inform them about the benefits of this type of seating. The lecture hall holds one of the most important classes, its course on living skills, it is crucial that students focus on the material presented. The flexible seating options offer a solution to the commonly seen fidgeting and movement of the students in this course.

Ideally, the implementation of the assistive technology proposed by the group would be beneficial to students by increasing their engagement in the course. The hope behind the flexible seating is to improve the well-being of the students and to improve their understanding of the course presented.

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