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Mrs. Miriam from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Autism: Unique Ways To Communicate

Help me give my students visual aides to help them stay seated during morning circle time/story time.

  • $395 goal

This project expired on January 18, 2019.

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My Students

Our special education teacher and I work in a cluster program in a Chicago Public School. We have a maximum of 17 students in our morning and afternoon program that are mainly autistic or have significant developmental delays. Our preschoolers/kindergartner students are mainly non-verbal. We love the simplicity and adaptability of our students. They don't know how to communicate verbally, but you can sense looking at them that there is so much going on inside their beautiful minds. At times they will smile and for a second they may make eye contact. As we go through the day they try to adapt to whatever is going on. They are so special to us because each of them is unique in their own way and they all have different strengths.

My Project

Due to many of my students being autistic and non-verbal, I would like to try and reach them through visual aides.

Autistic children tend to enjoy using puppets and pictures to communicate and what, not a better way to tell a story using felt puppet pictures by using the Lakeshore Storytelling Kits - Set 1 and Tabletop Storytelling Board.

This will hopefully also work and trying to keep them seated during circle time as well as engaged and participating. Using puzzles, like the Magnetic Color Maze, is also a great way to learn turn-taking as well as sorting and colors. Help us gain more materials to be able to reach out to our kids more. They need all that we can offer them because we are their voice.

Mrs. Miriam
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LA955X - Lakeshore Storytelling Kits - Set 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $169.00 1 $169.00
RR791 - Tabletop Storytelling Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Emotion Sorting Boxes • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
PP282 - Magnetic Color Maze • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Jumping on the Bed Felt Set (9 Piece Set) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.01 1 $11.01

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