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People often talk about the need for specialized accommodations for students in special education classrooms. However, as the education field continues to evolve and improve, it has become increasingly evident that there are many unconventional needs in general education classrooms as well.  With increasing numbers of students being diagnosed with conditions like ADHD, Emotional Disorders and Autism Syndrome Disorder in recent decades, many general education teachers struggle to maintain attention and focus on learning, while also meeting the needs of all students in their room. Many of these students who are primarily placed in general education settings could greatly benefit from the ability to move, wiggle or fidget while they learn. However, most general education classrooms are not equipped with flexible seating, movement in mind or fidget accommodations.  I am currently a fourth grade teacher in a general education classroom and am also working toward a Masters Degree in Special Education. While immersed in my continued education, a few things have occurred to me: All students can benefit from being allowed to wiggle in their chairs, move their feet or sit on a cushion rather than a hard chair. Special education students can sometimes feel and appear awkward when they bring "special seating" into a general education classroom. Items that accommodate these needs are not generally provided by schools, as they are considered a preference rather than a necessity. Finally, it is my desire to have seating that can easily be moved into a hallway or common area to accommodate student work groups in a fun and positive way no matter their size, ability or need to wiggle!

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People often talk about the need for specialized accommodations for students in special education classrooms. However, as the education field continues to evolve and improve, it has become increasingly evident that there are many unconventional needs in general education classrooms as well.  With increasing numbers of students being diagnosed with conditions like ADHD, Emotional Disorders and Autism Syndrome Disorder in recent decades, many general education teachers struggle to maintain attention and focus on learning, while also meeting the needs of all students in their room. Many of these students who are primarily placed in general education settings could greatly benefit from the ability to move, wiggle or fidget while they learn. However, most general education classrooms are not equipped with flexible seating, movement in mind or fidget accommodations.  I am currently a fourth grade teacher in a general education classroom and am also working toward a Masters Degree in Special Education. While immersed in my continued education, a few things have occurred to me: All students can benefit from being allowed to wiggle in their chairs, move their feet or sit on a cushion rather than a hard chair. Special education students can sometimes feel and appear awkward when they bring "special seating" into a general education classroom. Items that accommodate these needs are not generally provided by schools, as they are considered a preference rather than a necessity. Finally, it is my desire to have seating that can easily be moved into a hallway or common area to accommodate student work groups in a fun and positive way no matter their size, ability or need to wiggle!

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