Whoever visits a curative educational school, daycentre, or community in, for example, Ireland, Sweden or Italy will be immediately taken by the use of natural materials, colours and shapes. You will often notice the special form of the community; children and co-workers living with one another as an extended family household. Each day has its own rhythm, an important part of which is the school-life and the different therapies. The aim is to stimulate the children in their development. Another important element in the daily routine is the cultural life. Musical activities, stage performances and the celebration of festivals all create a stimulating environment offering form and a sense of continuity.
Also in the workshops, communities or small units for adults with special needs community – forming is central. Usually there are a number of workshops in the surroundings or in the grounds of the community, such as a bakery, a weavery, a printing shop, a metal workshop, where each person has his own task. If possible, people work in a town in the neighbourhood. In the case of children we talk about curative education, for adults we use the term social therapy. The basis for social therapy is the social and cultural life and the value of working together. Social therapy is guided by the realisation that each person, however disabled he may be, has a worth, though often hidden.