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Ms. Fuentes from New York NY is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Down Area for Exceptional Learners

Help me give my students the tools (bean bag chairs, weighted blankets, and noise cancelling headphones) they need to calm down effectively.

  • $714 goal

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My Students

Our school community is part of the NYC public school special education program. We are part of a self-contained program that services children with multiple disabilities that vary in severity. We have two Kindergarten through third grade 12:1:1 classrooms that are comprised of students that are passionate, caring, energetic and full of determination. They come into school each morning ready to learn with smiles on their faces, despite the many challenges they are facing in life.

Our students have exceptional needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Emotional Disturbance (ED), Down Syndrome and other Specific Learning Disabilities that affect learning.

Our school is a Title 1 school with a low socio-economic status. Over 90% of the students at this school qualify for free and reduced lunch.

I work in an urban NYC Public school setting where the students are over 90% in the poverty level and come from difficult backgrounds.

Our students need a quiet space when they are upset, frustrated or anxious in class. This will consist of mats, seating, sensory items, lycra blankets, weighted vests, weighted blankets, noise cancelling headphones, calming books and visuals aids.

My Project

Classroom Calming areas allows students to take time to recognize their big emotions and find the healthiest way to handle them by selecting/implementing a strategy of choice. Self-regulation is a life skill that students must work on to become successful lifelong learners and positive members of a community. The calm down area is for students who need a break, because they are frustrated or anxious. It is also used for students who have PTSD/ ED to de- escalate when they have become aggressive or angry. The bean bag chairs, weighted blankets, noise cancelling headphones and other sensory items can also be used as sensory stimulation for students with Autism and sensory issues.

Throughout the day, students may encounter tasks or interactions that overwhelm and frustrate them.

Students may also feel a wide range of emotions during the day that could lead to negative behaviors when they're unsure of how to address or express their emotions. When these feelings take over, many students struggle with self-regulation and the use of coping strategies. The goal is to help our exceptional students understand how to use the different tools and sensory items such as putty, stress balls as well as books and visuals with calming strategies when they are experiencing overwhelming emotions and rejoin the learning environment in a timely fashion. Students learn best when they feel safe, accepted, supported, and loved. That's why it is important to help students with self-regulation. We want our students to know that we care about every part of them, their emotions, fears, and frustrations.

By donating towards our classrooms, you will help create a stable and safe learning environment for special needs students. The Calming Corner is a positive place that rewards students for keeping their emotions in check and using strategies to calm themselves down.

Ms. Fuentes
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LESMILE Gymnastic Mats Waterproof PU Leather Thick Folding Exercise Gym Mats Tumbling Mats with Carrying Handles 6' x 2' Blue • Amazon Business $59.99 2 $119.98
Big Joe Dorm Bean Bag Chair, Sapphire Blue • Amazon Business $41.00 2 $82.00
Creature Commforts Weighted Lap Pad 3 Pounds- for Kids - Removable Cover, Organic Insert - Heavy Sensory Blanket Made in USA (Pink/Blue) • Amazon Business $39.99 2 $79.98
ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat, EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles, Protective Flooring for Gym Equipment and Cushion for Workouts, Blue • Amazon Business $22.99 2 $45.98
Thought-Spot I Know What to Do Cards for Taking Control of Your Feelings/Emotions; Helps Kids Identify Their Feelings & Emotions; Hardcover and Laminated • Amazon Business $17.98 2 $35.96
24 Pack Bundle Sensory Fidget Toys Set-Liquid Motion Timer/Grape Ball/Mochi Squishy/Stretchy String/Flippy Chain/Easter Egg/Marble Mesh/Squeeze Bean/Cube for Autistic Kids, ADHD, Anti-stress Toys • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
SANHO Letter Tile Bag -- Finger Fidget Toy Suitable for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, ADHD and Autism / Calming and Relaxing / 26 Letter Tiles +6 Geometric Tiles / Sensory Practice Tool • Amazon Business $15.96 2 $31.92
Mydio Set of 24 Emoji Stress Balls,Stress Reliver Party Favor,Soft PU Ball, Assorted Colors,Random Pattern,Party Toys,24 Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
4E's Novelty 12 Pack, Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toy for Kids, Best Fidget Toys, Finger Fidget Stress Reliever, Great Sensory Toy, Helpful for, ADHD, SPD, ADD, Anxiety, Great Party Favor • Amazon Business $12.96 2 $25.92
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
The Way I Act • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings • Amazon Business $12.33 1 $12.33
A Little Scribble SPOT: A Story About Colorful Emotions • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Fun Express Mini Clear Glitter Putty - Fun Birthday Party Favors for Kids (4 Dozen) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45

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