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Ms. Smith from Boise ID is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Blasting Into A Calming Space! -Sensory Supports For Special Needs

Help me give my students sensory processing tools such as a trampoline‚Äč, slam balls, a weighted lap pad and balance blocks in order to help them regulate and be successful in the school environment.

  • $994 goal

This project expired on January 29, 2019.

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My Students

CDSA is an arts focused Elementary school in Idaho. Since we are a public school, the student's at our school come from all different backgrounds making it a uniquely diverse culture.

My students are special, not only because they are atypical students, but more importantly because each and every one of them has unique abilities and talents that we get to focus on and use to their advantage.

A portion of my students experience difficult home lives including, but not limited to; divorced families, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and being homeless. It is important to me to provide a safe and predictable environment for my students to come to on a daily basis. They need their basic emotional needs met first in order to be good students.

All of my students‚Äč require individualized, specially designed instruction in order to help them succeed. Each one has a qualifying disability for Special Education supports ranging from Developmental Delay, to Autism, to Specific Learning Disability. When they come to the Extended Resource Room, my assistants and I are able to focus on their individual strengths and needs to support their overall learning.

My Project

Sensory processing is the ability to take in, organize, and process information received from the environment and how our body uses it in a functional manner. Sensory information enters through the body’s seven senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, vestibular, and proprioceptive). Some students can have a difficult time processing this information and it can overwhelm their sensory systems.

The goal of participating in sensory processing activities is to help the nervous system’s ability to process sensory input in a more “normal” way.

My students' need sensory processing tools such as weighted lap pads, a mini trampoline, and balance stones and beams in order to help them regulate and be successful in the school environment. These materials will help my students gain sensory stimulation or avoidance. For example, the trampoline, weighted slam balls and weighted lap pads will provide stress relief, tactile stimulation and feedback to the joints.

The purpose of a sensory room is to provide a safe environment for students to engage and challenge their various sensory systems with the support of direct staff involvement. It is used to create a calming or arousing response in a child and to help them reset. These responses will assist a child’s ability to learn. When all the systems are integrated, the end products are seen as appropriate play, gross motor, fine motor, academic, social, self-help skills, and appropriate attention span.

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This project will reach 38 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JumpOff Jo Rocksteady Balance Stepping Stones for Kids - Set of 6 Balance Blocks (3 Sizes Included, 2 Small, 2 Large, 2 Extra Large) - Promotes Balance & Coordination • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
JBM Medicinal Workout Slam Ball, Yellow - 4LB • Amazon Business $29.98 2 $59.96
Pull Buoy Rehabilitation Advantage Curve-A-Beam Game • Amazon Business $59.00 1 $59.00
Pure Fitness 40" Mini Rebounder Trampoline with Adjustable Handrail, Ages 13+ • Amazon Business $56.85 1 $56.85
Huggaroo Weighted Lap Pad: 100% Washable Stuffed Animal Sensory Toy for Children with Sensory Needs Such as Autism, Stress Relief, ADHD, Anxiety Relief; Weighted Blanket Alternative • Amazon Business $45.99 1 $45.99
Seville Classics Organizer Cart, 10 Drawer, Multicolor • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
Fun and Function's Pressure Mesh Vest • Amazon Business $32.97 1 $32.97
Kick Bands Bouncy Chair Bands for Kids - Alternative Flexible Seating Classroom Supplies for Elementary School - ADHD Sensory Fidgets for Classroom Chairs - Bounce Fidget Band by Solace (10-Pack) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Variety Pack - Approximate Sizes: Green 39x20" (100x50cm) & Blue 31x15" (80x40cm) Physio Roll • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Sonyabecca Parachute 12 Foot for Kids with 12 Handles Play Parachute for 8 12 Kids Tent Cooperative Games Birthday Gift • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Verdie Chameleon Double-Sided Bean Bag Toss Game With 8 Bean Bags • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
aGreatLife Musical Instruments for Toddlers - Assorted Wooden Band in a Bag, 15 Pieces Play Set Therapy Starter Kit Toys for Kids, Drum - Tambourine in One, Eggs, Shakers, Maracas and More • Amazon Business $24.90 1 $24.90
Cherub Metronome WSM-330 (Black) • Amazon Business $22.00 1 $22.00
14.5-Inch Metallic Lava Lamp with Metallic Base, Yellow Wax/Blue Liquid/Green • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
BSN Sports US Games Straight Arrow Markers Set of 6 • Amazon Business $19.13 1 $19.13
Learning Resources LER9441-D Take 10! Color Bug Catchers • Amazon Business $18.45 1 $18.45
White Noise Sound Machine | Portable Sleep Therapy for Home, Office, Baby & Travel | 6 Relaxing & Soothing Nature Sounds, Battery or Adapter Charging Options, Auto-Off Timer | HoMedics Sound Spa • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Lime Green, 45cm • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Hasbro Despicable Me 3 Edition Operation Game • Amazon Business $15.78 1 $15.78
Champion Sports Poly Spot Markers, 10-inch - Set of 6, Multi-Color • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Play-Doh Fun Factory Deluxe Set • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
Therapy Putty Resistive Hand Exercise Kit, Set of four strengths, 2 Ounce (4 Piece Set) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set, 4 Pieces • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Champion Sports Hi Visibility Fluorescent Plastic Cone Set, Set of 6 • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Special Supplies Spiky Sensory Finger Acupressure Ring Set (Pack of 10) Cool Hand Fidget Toy for Kids Teens & Adults Silent Stress Reducer & Massager - Helps with Focus ADHD & Autism • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate Supplement • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
MarvelBeads Water Beads Rainbow Mix (Half Pound) for Spa Refill, Sensory Toys and Décor • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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