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Flexible Seating: What It Is And Why You Need It In The Classroom?

by Ben Spray on April 19, 2021

Flexible seating means the student has a choice in how they feel most comfortable. They can choose who they want to work with, where, and if their physical needs are being met through things like height adjustments or arm rests for different sitting positions. Research shows that flexible seating is beneficial because it increases cognitive function by making children more physically active while also decreasing anxiety levels so students can focus better on tasks at hand.

- Soft seating: if the student is feeling anxious or restless, soft seating can help them get their wiggles out so they can refocus. With the choices of bean bags and cushions, students don't have to be limited to a specific seat size.

- Floor cushions: this type of flexible seating option works well as it allows the children to get up and move around freely. This option has the added benefit of giving children a place to sit that is soft but stable enough for them to feel secure on their own or with friends.

- Soft cushions: this type of flexible seating can be used in any classroom setting as they are available at many different heights, sizes, colors and designs just have a look at our soft cushions products.

- Bean bags: this type of seating is the most popular because it provides a soft, comfortable and supportive surface. It also has versatility in that you can make them into a chair or use them as part of a flexible seating area with other options around like cushions.

Details about how to work out which option best suits can depend on the type of children you are teaching.

- Small children: they may find it difficult to sit comfortably for an extended period of time. They usually appreciate soft seating that's approximately mid calf or lower, with a front edge so they can easily get in and out of the seat on their own (or with help).

- Older children: as they become more independent sitting find a more structured chair is preferred.

- Mixed aged children: this is the most difficult to work out, but often a mix of seating options are best for reducing distractions and enhancing focus.

The benefits of using flexible seating in classrooms include better concentration levels as kids will be more engaged with what they're doing because it's not boring sitting on hard chairs all day long! This makes the lessons more fun which can help keep them focused too. Flexible seating also helps with learning disabilities like ADHD or sensory processing disorders where movement becomes important to their ability to learn effectively when seated at a desk or table. There may also be some mental health related reasons behind why someone would want to use these seats - so don't forget your students might have other special needs that a different type of seating may increase their learning and development.

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