Privacy barriers or privacy shields are used by classroom teachers in thousands of schools throughout America during testing and assessments. Currently, their primary purpose is to keep wandering eyes on their own work. We’ve heard from numerous teachers, however, that there are two primary drawbacks to most of the privacy barriers they have used. Many simply are not of sufficient strength to stand up on a small student desk without being frequently bumped onto the floor which can be very distracting to others. And, most suppliers require minimum order quantities that often exceeds need. Folders for Focusing have been capably designed and tested to hold up to the normal rigors of an elementary school classroom. They are sturdy beyond compare and can be ordered in any quantity and mix of the six versions as desired.
Folders for Focusing are often used at other times by children who simply prefer a bit of solitude and calm. They get this by working inside their little Folders for Focusing cubby during teacher expected alone times when they are either writing or doing creative work.
In some of the same classrooms, Folders for Focusing are being used on a regular basis to help kids strengthen their Executive Functioning Skills. These include their ability to focus, pay attention, initiate action, organize, plan, set priorities, get the job done, manage time, and improve their working memory. Frequent use and practice in the classroom almost always induces a calming effect, reduced distractions, and greater productivity.
Special Education Teachers are using Folders for Focusing to improve Executive Functioning in high achieving children on the autism spectrum or ADHD or both. The folders are attractive and sturdy tri-folds that provide a privacy space or cubby in which the child can work creatively. Regular use of the folders often reduces distractions, induces a calming effect, helps develop stronger listening and communication skills, and improves behavior. Special education teachers can also use the two internal dry erase boards to provide visual cues and instructions that promote independence and greater productivity.
Speech-Language Pathologists have been the ones who have lead in the development of novel new uses for Folders for Focusing. The photos and captions shown here and in the general gallery provide unique examples of some ways these are being used. The two internal dry erase boards offer easy ways to provide visual cues that are often so help to children with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and other special needs.