Play, movement and well-being for children with special needs

The goal of the special education school Ulvedalsskolen is the well-being of each the children with special needs, that are attending the school. Their focus is to help the children to take active part in social activities, and support that they develop strong capabilities in learning as well as personally.

The Trivselcenter Ulvedal - or Ulvedalsskolen - is a school in Silkeborg, Denmark, for children with social-emotional disabilities. It’s a minor school for just 35 pupils of all age-groups. In their daily life the school focus on improving the health and well-being of the children by encouraging them to be more physically active and eat a healthy diet. Everyday routines are for instance a walk in the morning and exercises and play outside during the day.

Another pedagogical focus of the school is on lowering the children's conflict levels by improving interactions and challenging them to further develop their motor skills. This has resulted in a lowering of the conflict level from 2014 to 2019. In continuation hereof the school requested a new playground with improved features, that inspire to be active, play and development of motor skills. A play area which can be useful both in learning sessions and during breaks. This initiated a collaboration with Elverdal.