Schools and Programs Using an Active Learning Approach

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Byhaveskolen, Svendborg, Denmark

Institutt for Aktiv Læring, Norway

Kilparrin Early Learning Center, South Australia

Koninklijke Visio (Royal Dutch Visio), the Netherlands

Lilli Nielsen Schule, Kiel, Germany

Narbethong State Special School, Brisbane, Australia

Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Michigan, USA

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Specific to Active Learning

Here are some websites with information about Active Learning or child development that we find useful in understanding more about Active Learning.

Narbethong State Special School

Narbethong School uses Active Learning extensively and has a great deal of information about the approach on their website.


In addition to selling "perceptualizing" aids and other Active Learning materials, LilliWorks has some nice video of parents sharing about Active Learning.

Scottish Sensory Centre

        A sub-section of this website is devoted to Dr. Lilli Nielsen and Active Learning, including an Idea Bank, Sources of Active Learning Equipment, and information on CVI.


Vendors of Active Learning Equipment

Aktiv Laering (Norway)HOPSA Dress

        Vendor of Lilli Nielsen's tools for Active Learning

CAP (Children Achieving Potential)

Vendor of furniture for children with special needs and Active Learning materials in Australia

LH-Verkstan (Sweden)

         Products include Essef Board, Little Room, Support Bench, and more.

LilliWorks (United States and Canada)

        A full range of Active Learning products are available in North America.

Tischlerei + Blindenhilfsmittel (Germany)

        Carpentry and Aids for the Blind;  HOPSA dress

Other Related Sites

Accessible Outdoors

Ideas from Dr. Joe Gibson for exploring the outdoors and creating tactile art projects.


Chris Montgomery, Deafblind Education Specialist from TSBVI Outreach, has created a microsite on communication, with sections on interaction & bonding, assessment, routines, calendars, and more.

DBI Outdoor Network

Check out a short video about the DBI Outdoor Network and see how outdoor activities really lend themselves to active learning.

DBI Network Video 

This website from the American Academy of Pediatrics is a great resource on child development and developmental delays, particularly the following pages:

 Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

Strategies and the science behind the strategies for helping children develop critical social, emotional, and cognitie skills.  This website has great information for parents and professionals alike about the impact of stress in brain development, the importance of play, adult-child interactions and much more.

Social Emotional Development:  Off to a Good Start

Learn more about social and emotional development in early childhood on this website from the Urban Child Institute.


Sappi Neuroscience

This series of video shorts by Dr. David Eagleman looks at discusses touch and its importance in development of cognitive and emotional development.

Sappi Neuroscience Shorts - The Neuroscience of Touch

Sappi Neuroscience Shorts - Embodied Cognition and Communicative Touch

Sappi Neuroscience Shorts - The Necessity of Touch

Touch Base Center for the DeafBlind

Touch Base: Center for the Deafblind is a nonprofit organization created to benefit deafblind people after they graduate from school. Currently, Touch Base is located in Houston, Texas. It is a small organization with a board consisting of parents of deafblind children, experienced staff from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and other dedicated professionals. The purpose of this organization is to provide deafblind men and women with a day habilitation facility where they can particpate in organized, meaningful, and purposeful activities. They employ many strategies that align with the practice of Active Learning.  Be sure to visit their photo gallery.

Wonderbaby was started in 2006 by a parent, Amber Bobnar, when her son was a baby and diagnosed with congenital blindness (LCA). It's goal to help families raising blind and multiply disabled children. Now in its sixth year partnering with Perkins School for the Blind, collaborating with National Braille Press's Great Expectations children's book project and publishing articles in the National Federation of the Blind's Future Reflections this website continues to grow.

Zero to Three

This website is a great place to learn more about typical child development and to see what skills and behaviors sensorimotor and pre-operational level learners display. 

Facebook Pages

Active Learning for the Disabled:  LilliWorks Foundation (Closed Group)

Aktiv Læring (in Norwegian and English)