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Mrs. Cavanaugh from Dayton ME is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Sensory Room

Help me give my students a space to self-regulate! The easy-clean room dividers will break up space into different sensory stations. Each station will support the development and understanding of their senses.

  • $1,370 goal

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My Students

I am a special education teacher in an elementary school in Maine. My students have diverse strengths and needs. Students in my room have intellectual & developmental disabilities, significant trauma, and sensory impairments. Our school strives to teach the whole child supporting them academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. When students are emotionally dysregulated behaviors may occur and learning can be impacted. It is my job to help these children work through their feelings, emotions, and sensory overload. This can be difficult when space and equipment are limited.

The need for sensory rooms is growing.

A sensory room is a safe place within the school for students to go to self-regulate and decompress. Sensory rooms contain a variety of stimuli such as lights, sounds, colors, and smells to help the students engage their senses.

My Project

As a school, we educate and develop the whole-learner. We help our students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Please help give my students a sensory room where they can go to self-regulate, calm themselves, and cope with sensory overload and emotional dysregulation. While this room is geared to support students with special needs all students within the school would have access to it.

A sensory room is a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment to develop a child's senses through special lighting, music, and objects.

Items in this project will provide students opportunities to develop and understand their senses of touch, smell, sight, and sound in addition to body awareness and spatial orientation. Swings, tunnels, tents with fiberoptic lighting, weighted blankets, noise-reducing headphones, and lavender-scented stuffed animals that can be heated or chilled are among a few items that will find a home in the sensory room.

Students will have scheduled opportunities throughout the day to use the sensory room. Meanwhile, when students are emotionally dysregulated, experiencing fight, flight, or freeze responses, or in crisis, they will have a safe space within the school that provides privacy to cope and calm themselves through a number of supports. A sensory room will enhance the lives of not just students with special needs but all the students in our school.

Mrs. Cavanaugh
Grades PreK-2

This project will reach 30 students.

16 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC635SE - Calming Colors® Easy-Clean Room Divider - Sea Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $139.00 3 $417.00
Vivere DSTAND Hammock Chair Stand, Black • Amazon Business $168.35 1 $168.35
BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat with EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles, Gray, 144 sq. ft. (Pack of 36) • Amazon Business $109.99 1 $109.99
Quility Indoor Therapy Swing for Kids with Special Needs | Lycra Snuggle Swing | Cuddle Hammock for Children with Autism, ADHD, Aspergers | Ideal for Sensory Integration (Up to 165lbs, Light Blue) • Amazon Business $79.70 1 $79.70
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Purple • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
Roore 5 lb Weighted Blanket for Kids I 36"x48" I Weighted Blanket with Plush Minky Blue Removable Cover I Weighted with Premium Glass Beads I Perfect for Children from 40 to 60 lb • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
NARMAY Play Tent Space World Dome Tent for Kids Indoor / Outdoor Fun - 48 x 48 x 40 inch • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
HAPPY PIE PLAY&ADVENTURE Frog Folding Hanging Pod Swing Seat Indoor and Outdoor Hammock for Children to Adult (White) • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
Health Touch Dog Huggable Massager • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
HoMedics 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 | Sound Spa Blue • Amazon Business $21.76 1 $21.76
Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Elephant • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Star Night Light for Kids, Universe Night Light Projection Lamp, Romantic Star Sea Birthday New Projector lamp for Bedroom - 3 Sets of Film • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Mpow 068 Kids Ear Protection, NRR 25dB Noise Reduction Ear Muffs, Toddler Ear Protection, Protective Earmuffs for Shooting Range Hunting Season, for Toddlers Kids Children Teens- Black • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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