Kids with Learning Challenges Get Help with
Innovative Focus Desk from The Marvel Group

For Media Inquires: Nancy Gerstein

Creative Marketing Associates, Inc.

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Chicago, IL– Research has found that children with learning challenges, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other conditions, frequently perform better in school if allowed to physically move during classroom instruction time. These benefits may well extend to students in the general population as well. To promote this accommodation without disrupting class activities, the Marvel Group is proud to introduce The Focus Desk™ for students. This unique re-imagining of the typical classroom desk enables children to easily and silently adjust from a sitting to standing mode, without adult assistance or class disruption.

The Focus Desk was designed by Marvel engineers in cooperation with the University of Chicago Hyde Park Day School, a lab school that provides a supportive setting for children with attention deficits, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. The Hyde Park faculty recognized the positive benefits of allowing children to move during classroom activities, but existing adjustable desks could only be raised by adults and required special tools. In response, Marvel developed the FeatherTouch™ lift system that silently lifts or lowers the desk surface with minimal effort. To test its revolutionary new design, Marvel worked with Hyde Park teachers and students for over a year, designing and testing a series of prototype desks at the two schools in Chicago and Northfield, Illinois.

“Marvel let our faculty and students take the lead in describing what they would like in an ideal desk,” notes Casey Crnich, Executive Director of the Hyde Park School. “We had no preconceived notions of what the desk would look like in the end. We had everyone brainstorm about the features and functions they wanted. Then Marvel developed prototypes that everyone had the chance to try out for at least a week, and they used our feedback to improve the design.”

In addition to the FeatherTouch lift, the Focus desk contains a host of efficient functions to enhance organization and concentration. Drop leaves on each side of the desk allow students to expand their workspace. Integrated study carrel walls pop up for test taking or quiet study. Integrated storage features include color coded hanging files, pencil cups, cabinet space for notebooks and tablets, and an attached backpack hook. Lockable casters make the entire unit easily mobile, allowing teachers to form work groups or rearrange seating with no lifting required. Most importantly, The Focus Desk boosts student achievement by promoting organization and independence. “The Focus Desk helps kids take control of their learning,” says Crnich. “The desk is configured to help them do lots of things on their own. It makes them more independent and thus helps them progress faster.”

To learn more, contact Nancy Dellamore, Product Manager, at or 630-248-0630. To see The Focus Desk in action, visit or watch The Focus Desk demonstration video.

The Marvel Focus Desk with flip up side shelf

Photo Caption 1: With unique storage elements and height adjustability, the Focus Desk from The Marvel Group improves attention, organization, and self-regulation for students.

Adjustable Height Focus Desk

Photo Caption 2: The Focus Desk’s revolutionary FeatherTouch Lift System allows students to easily control their own desk height.

About The Marvel Group

The Marvel Group is a 70 year-old Chicago-based manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality furnishings to large, small, and home office markets as well as the education market. Product lines range from office chairs and file cabinets to executive office furniture and open office work-stations. Marvel® products are manufactured to ISO 9001 certified guidelines and backed by a lifetime warranty. The Marvel Group offers superior customer service serving five major industries to assure a problem free and timely project completion. For more information visit