Special Schools and Specialist Schools
Jeavons Landscape Architects work in many Special, Specialist and Special Development Schools as well as early intervention centres, children’s rehabilitation centres, sensory gardens, and spaces for therapy.
As for any school, the outdoor environment plays a significant role in supporting learning, social interaction, physical activity, sensory integration, and the wellbeing of students, staff, and families.
Our landscape firm carefully plans special school grounds to ensure the educational landscape design meets the diverse needs of students. The outdoor play spaces are focal points of the school and are designed to enable students to build on their varying abilities, develop skills and mastery, and foster communication skills in a rich sensory setting. We are mindful of the safety of students and staff, and we work closely with therapists and educators to create considered outcomes.
Sensory and therapeutic gardens have developed an important role in schools and other settings in recent years, serving many, varied functions.
Jeavons design these spaces in close collaboration with educators, school leadership and specialist therapists to meet the needs of children who may need assistance with sensory integration, calming, self-regulation, and dealing with trauma, stress and learning difficulties.
These gardens are typically separate spaces with a strong emphasis on natural materials and sensorily rich planting. They may include equipment offering gently calming movement, furniture, and art works in small scale spaces.
Early Intervention and Children’s Rehabilitation Spaces
Jeavons work closely with occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and physiotherapists within these services to create play area designs that have highly specialised functions for therapy and rehabilitation. Typically associated with health services or special schools, these facilities enable children to participate in therapy and learning in fun, natural outdoor spaces, purpose designed for their needs.
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