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  • Benvenue Elementary School
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often struggle to sit still for extended periods of time and focus on teacher-directed tasks because of deficits in self-regulation and sensory processing skills. Research has shown that alternative seating options, which engage students' sensory needs and aid in self-regulate, can have a positive impact on their engagement and focus during instructional activities, while also decreasing behaviors which impede learning. Allowing my students to use flexible seating options, like the Regency Stool and Big Joe Beanbag Chair during instructional times will provide them appropriate, safe ways to self-regulate and gain the sensory input they need in order to focus and learn. Using alternative seating during instructional time will also enhance the quality of instruction by providing my students with an appropriate means for sensory input and self-regulation that does not take away from instruction, but instead increases their in-seat behavior and time on task. These options will be used during multiple instructional times throughout the day, with the hope of not only aiding in sensory input, but also helping my students take responsibility of their regulation. Providing my students with these options, which differ in the sensory input they provide, will also give them the independence and responsibility to make decisions regarding their own self-regulation and sensory processing.

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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often struggle to sit still for extended periods of time and focus on teacher-directed tasks because of deficits in self-regulation and sensory processing skills. Research has shown that alternative seating options, which engage students' sensory needs and aid in self-regulate, can have a positive impact on their engagement and focus during instructional activities, while also decreasing behaviors which impede learning. Allowing my students to use flexible seating options, like the Regency Stool and Big Joe Beanbag Chair during instructional times will provide them appropriate, safe ways to self-regulate and gain the sensory input they need in order to focus and learn. Using alternative seating during instructional time will also enhance the quality of instruction by providing my students with an appropriate means for sensory input and self-regulation that does not take away from instruction, but instead increases their in-seat behavior and time on task. These options will be used during multiple instructional times throughout the day, with the hope of not only aiding in sensory input, but also helping my students take responsibility of their regulation. Providing my students with these options, which differ in the sensory input they provide, will also give them the independence and responsibility to make decisions regarding their own self-regulation and sensory processing.

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