School Cubicles Can Aide Concentration for Students with Autism

Cubicles can eliminate or sensory overload, a common problem for children with autism.

Cubicles can eliminate or sensory overload, a common problem for children with autism.

Sensory overload is a common problem for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), one of a group of neurobiological disorders that challenge an individual to communicate, interact and understand what is being taught. One often overlooked strategy for improving the concentration and focus of such students is the cubicle.

While most of us associate a cubicle with the isolation and monotony that is the lot of many an office drone, researchers actually suggests that the majority of children with ASD can focus better in such an environment.  Most such affected students are visual learners who better understand what they see than what they hear.

The term “cubicle” was used as early at the 15th century referring to small chambers of all sorts and for small rooms or study spaces. Although partitions don’t reach to the ceiling, these portable enclosures will help a teacher’s lessons reach his or her students. 

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