They can be equipped with a work table that allows a student to do classroom activities from a standing position.

Some students might be able to walk but have balance problems.

Therapists might recommend that a child remain standing for a certain portion of the day.

This allows a certain amount of "wiggle room" when the student sits on the air-filled pillow and might increase attention span.

Some special needs children cannot use regular chairs or desks and might require a personalized wheelchair or positioning chair.

For example, a child with a broken leg might need an extra chair and special support pillow to elevate the damaged leg.

A child with cerebral palsy might need a bean bag, bolsters or wedges in order to take her place at circle time with classmates.

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For children with disabilities, adaptive equipment is used in both regular and special needs classrooms.

Susan King is a teacher with 27 years experience with all ages, grade levels and ability levels, including teaching in China.

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The physical therapist works with the educational team to provide and use the equipment safely with the special needs child as well as with adults who might help move the student to and from the equipment.