Teaching goes way beyond the classroom for staff at Queen of Angels primary school.
At times they work with children in a Nurture Room, a Sensory Room, and a Sensory Garden at the school in Sandyford, Co Dublin.
The Nurture Room is set up like a mini-apartment with a kitchen, sitting room, and play area. It is equipped with sofas, CD players and games.
Principal Susan Gibney says: "Children with social, emotional, behaviourial and learning difficulties would spend a certain period of every day there for two to four terms.
"They would have breakfast or lunch together in the Nurture Room. They might be baking in the kitchen or having a story read to them on the sofa.
"They play games in the sitting room aimed at improving social skills. We would work on literacy and numeracy, arts and crafts.
"It has a calming and therapeutic effect. Many of the other kids in the school want to come in. So we have decided to have cookery lessons for them as well."
The school also has a Sensory Room for special- needs students with a multicolour, multispeed bubble tube, mood lighting, soothing music.
Susan Gibney says it helps children to manage their emotions.
The Sensory Garden has an outdoor classroom with a fountain, plants, a birdhouse with a webcam and a bug hotel.
"Digging, planting, weeding, harvesting and just relaxing in the garden are very therapeutic for our children," Susan Gibney says. "It also promotes teamwork and a sense of pride."