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Ms. England from Beaverton OR is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Beanbag chairs: A Tool to Help Students with Autism Regroup!

My students need 6 beanbag chairs because they have autism and often need sensory feedback to help them regroup and return to learning.

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This project expired on February 6, 2014.

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My Students

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and unable to concentrate? While we can't really imagine what sensory overload feels like for a student with autism, we do know strategies such as sensory feedback help them regain the ability to concentrate.

Our area of the country has a high incidence of autism and that is reflected in our student population.

While some of the students with autism are fully mainstreamed, others need the support of specialized instruction through special education. Sometimes the support is in the area of academics, but often it involves learning skills such as how to cope with the sensory input of noises and crowds, as well as how to handle waiting for a turn because they can't take other people's perspectives. Sometimes in class, these students become so overwhelmed by sounds in the hallways, gym and cafeteria, they need some time to regroup before they are ready to learn in their classroom. Just a few minutes to relax their nervous systems can mean the difference between calmly learning or being on sensory overload and shutting down their ability to listen.

My Project

Beanbag chairs provide the student with autism the sensation of pressure on more of their body than a traditional chair. In a way, the beanbag chair shapes to their body creating slight pressure. Research shows that this sensation of slight pressure triggers a calming effect in the brain which helps the student with autism focus again. When calm, the student is ready to return to their regular chair and learn. Having beanbag chairs in the classroom does not have to be just for the students with autism. Allowing any student the opportunity to use a beanbag chair helps normalize why they are in the classroom. Opportunities such as group projects, quiet reading, free time after completing an assignment are ideal for letting students use the beanbags. Setting a parameter from the beginning will allow them to be an incentive and normalize their use within the classroom setting. The bottom line though is beanbag chairs help students with autism focus on learning.

Providing an opportunity for students with autism to regroup and return to learning is an effective strategy for their learning.

Often it takes just a few minutes of feeling the sensory input of pressure to calm down and focus again. The alternative is sending them back to their specialized classroom to regroup, but then they miss valuable instruction, opportunities for social skills and more. Students with autism have so much potential if we shape their environment for them to be successful.

Ms. England
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 62 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jumbo Adult Beanbag Chair - Red • Nasco $59.75 3 $179.25
Jumbo Adult Beanbag Chair - Black • Nasco $59.75 3 $179.25

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