My students attend a low-income/high poverty school. This can make getting materials we need a challenge. I am looking for materials that can prepare them for skills needed to be successful in life.
My students view the world differently.
I teach a preschool class with students who are autistic. They are between the ages of 3-5 years old. The students are beginning to understand the world around them. They receive Occupational therapy services to assist them with fine motor skills (grasping small items, picking up items and placing them inside of containers, etc.). They also struggle with gross motor skills (balancing, rolling, throwing and kicking balls, etc.). Currently our play ground area does not have equipment so students can gain gross motor skills. Therefore we need play equipment we can use indoors and outdoors, so the students can work on their gross and fine motor skills.
These materials will assist my students with fine motor skills by teaching them how to play tossing games, bowling and improving hand/eye coordination. My students will learn gross motor skills such as, kicking balls into a goal, balancing on the balance beams, and jumping and balancing on a trampoline.
These materials will give my students a positive outlet for any extra energy, especially on days when we cannot go outside due to weather.
By using these materials my students will also learn how to share, take turns and interact with their peers, which is also a very important skills for all children but especially children with autism.
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