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  • Lowell School
  • Missoula, MT
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The students in my classroom have unique sensory profiles. Many children in my classroom are continuously in a fight, flight or freeze mode due to tactile, vestibular, auditory, visual or proprioceptive input being overwhelming. It is the same reason why many of us feel scared when we hear an unexpected, loud noise. For my students, common everyday sensory stimuli can cause feelings of anxiety. They perceive danger where there is none. The materials selected will help my students stay regulated and provide a feeling of safety by creating an optimal, learning environment that supports each individuals’ sensory needs, so they can focus on their daily academic lessons. The bean bag chair will promote body awareness by providing proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input. Placing the Teacher’s Pet weighted stuffed animal on a student's lap will calm restlessness and relieve stress. Pete the Cat light filters will help relax students hypersensitive to bright lights. The alphabet tactile cards will enhance learning letters by creating a positive tactile response. Handwriting is a trigger for many of my students. The Boogie Board is easier to manipulate because it offers less resistance than traditional pencil and paper. Students will not have to apply as much pressure to leave a mark and its multi-colors will be visually appealing. The How Do I Feel reading book will teach students how to identify emotions so coping strategies can be introduced. The goal of each item selected is to remove stress or environmental triggers and promote positive sensory responses so students can focus on their academic and behavioral goals.

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The students in my classroom have unique sensory profiles. Many children in my classroom are continuously in a fight, flight or freeze mode due to tactile, vestibular, auditory, visual or proprioceptive input being overwhelming. It is the same reason why many of us feel scared when we hear an unexpected, loud noise. For my students, common everyday sensory stimuli can cause feelings of anxiety. They perceive danger where there is none. The materials selected will help my students stay regulated and provide a feeling of safety by creating an optimal, learning environment that supports each individuals’ sensory needs, so they can focus on their daily academic lessons. The bean bag chair will promote body awareness by providing proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input. Placing the Teacher’s Pet weighted stuffed animal on a student's lap will calm restlessness and relieve stress. Pete the Cat light filters will help relax students hypersensitive to bright lights. The alphabet tactile cards will enhance learning letters by creating a positive tactile response. Handwriting is a trigger for many of my students. The Boogie Board is easier to manipulate because it offers less resistance than traditional pencil and paper. Students will not have to apply as much pressure to leave a mark and its multi-colors will be visually appealing. The How Do I Feel reading book will teach students how to identify emotions so coping strategies can be introduced. The goal of each item selected is to remove stress or environmental triggers and promote positive sensory responses so students can focus on their academic and behavioral goals.

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