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The sensory materials such as the balance board, chews, wobble cushions, and wobble chair feet will help my students regulate themselves and get their sensory needs met so that they can focus on their learning and feel calm and happy. This can be the difference between a child being so deregulated that they are unsafe to themselves or others, and being able to be calm and focused on the tasks at hand. Having sensory needs met is step one of education for the majority of my students. Many of my students struggle with learning the alphabet and pre-reading skills due to a combination of factors beyond their primary disability such as being visually impaired, or having English be their second language; the letters, and phonics kit will help these students access early literacy in new modalities. Additionally, the Dogman book series is a high interest and low reading level book that many learners enjoy. These books are entertaining to children and easy enough to help many early learners feel successful and proud of their progress, which ensure that they will continue to reach for books as their confidence and skills grow. The visual timers are key for many of my students to follow their schedule, keep calm, and stay on task. Waiting an understanding time can be difficult for many children, and this visual helps them feel regulated and in control (similar to how we may check the time during a long meeting to see how much longer it will run). Just as we like to know where we are at with things time-wise, so do our children. Lastly, the game "What Should You Do? A Game of consequences will help teach my students social skills and to stop and think through the possible responses to a choice they make.

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The sensory materials such as the balance board, chews, wobble cushions, and wobble chair feet will help my students regulate themselves and get their sensory needs met so that they can focus on their learning and feel calm and happy. This can be the difference between a child being so deregulated that they are unsafe to themselves or others, and being able to be calm and focused on the tasks at hand. Having sensory needs met is step one of education for the majority of my students. Many of my students struggle with learning the alphabet and pre-reading skills due to a combination of factors beyond their primary disability such as being visually impaired, or having English be their second language; the letters, and phonics kit will help these students access early literacy in new modalities. Additionally, the Dogman book series is a high interest and low reading level book that many learners enjoy. These books are entertaining to children and easy enough to help many early learners feel successful and proud of their progress, which ensure that they will continue to reach for books as their confidence and skills grow. The visual timers are key for many of my students to follow their schedule, keep calm, and stay on task. Waiting an understanding time can be difficult for many children, and this visual helps them feel regulated and in control (similar to how we may check the time during a long meeting to see how much longer it will run). Just as we like to know where we are at with things time-wise, so do our children. Lastly, the game "What Should You Do? A Game of consequences will help teach my students social skills and to stop and think through the possible responses to a choice they make.

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