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Mrs. Garvey from Poughkeepsie NY is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breathe in, Breathe Out! Things That Help us Calm Down!

My students need sensory tools, fidget toys, and calming items to help them regulate their emotions.

  • $589 goal

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My Students

I am a school psychologist in an underpriviledged area in upstate NY, where I work primarily with 6-8th graders. Many of my students come from working families who have limited time and resources. The students I work with struggle with regulating their emotions and utilizing appropriate coping mechanisms to deal with their emotions when frustrated. They often need a quiet and relaxing area to "cool down" in my office. Research shows that sensory items and calming products are effective in helping students with disabilities.

When given the right tools and environment, my students are able to appropriately express their frustrations and quickly learn different strategies to deal with their emotions.

My Project

One of the jobs of a school psychologist is to help students regulate their emotions appropriately. Self-regulation is the way we receive messages through our nervous system and then turn them into movements and behavioral responses that fit the current situation. Many of my students have difficulty controlling impulses as well as delaying their responses.

By providing my students with these calming items, I will be able to help them regulate their emotions and teach them appropriate coping mechanisms.

Squeeze balls, tangle fidgets, therapy bands, chewlery, popping frogs, bean bags, soothing music, timers, etc. are all types of calming down/sensory items proven to work with students with disabilities. It’s not until their emotions are regulated and are paying attention comfortably that they are able to access learning and the higher functions of the brain. It is for this reason that we cannot teach students or even reason with them when they are having behavioral issues or tantrums. We must wait for them to get to a calmer state in order for them to hear what we are saying.

Mrs. Garvey
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Honeywell - QuietSet Tower Fan - Black • Best Buy Education $66.54 1 $66.54
BEANBAG CHAIR JUMBO SIZE - SELECT COLOR • School Specialty $55.97 1 $55.97
BEANBAG CHAIR JUMBO SIZE - SELECT COLOR • School Specialty $55.97 1 $55.97
Amazon - Echo Dot (2nd generation) - Smart Speaker with Alexa - Black • Best Buy Education $49.99 1 $49.99
YUCK-E-BALLS - SET OF 6 • School Specialty $31.45 1 $31.45
NECKLACE CHEWLERY ASST SET OF 7 • School Specialty $26.48 1 $26.48
FUN FIDGET! SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63
FUN FIDGET! SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63
Vornado - Personal Fan - Champagne • Best Buy Education $16.81 1 $16.81
RAPPER SNAPPER LARGE, SET OF 15 • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28
TANGLE THERAPY • School Specialty $9.44 1 $9.44
TIMER 10 MINUTE SAND - MEDIUM • School Specialty $8.51 1 $8.51
TIMER 5 MINUTE SAND - MEDIUM • School Specialty $8.51 1 $8.51
WAND SPIRAL GLITTER SET OF 3 • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59
TIME TIMER MOD CASE BLUE • School Specialty $7.09 1 $7.09
FIDGET POPPIN PEEPERS PENGUIN • School Specialty $4.75 1 $4.75
FIDGET POPPIN PEEPERS BRAIN • School Specialty $4.75 1 $4.75
TANGLE RELAX THERAPY • School Specialty $4.75 1 $4.75
FIDGET POPPIN PEEPERS FROG • School Specialty $4.75 1 $4.75
FIDGET POPPIN PEEPERS MONKEY • School Specialty $4.75 1 $4.75
TANGLE JR FUZZIES • School Specialty $3.76 1 $3.76
PINK (PI) - BROWN SALES • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00
BLUE (BL) - BROWN SALES • School Specialty $0.00 1 $0.00

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