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Ms. Potts from Wharton TX is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating A World Of Their Own!

My students need items such as a megaspinner to assist children with vestibular orientation. Most of our students require materials that we do not have access to for them to be successful in school.

  • $1,981 goal

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My Students

In our Academics for Life class, we have 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. We have students with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure disorders, ADHD, and Intellectual Disabilities.

Many of these students lost everything due to Hurricane Harvey.

This has greatly effected each of them. Most of the families in our district fall into the low socio-economic status, so we are considered a Title 1 district. This can make it hard for our students some days. If a student comes to school upset because he didn't sleep well, or he's hungry, then we need to help him get back on track. We love our students, and we want them to love learning. All of this combined with their disabilities makes it extremely hard to focus on learning.

They are eager to learn and want to be able to contribute their knowledge to the lesson. We love seeing how much they enjoy participating in the different subjects that we teach. It's amazing finding out how much they know about a particular subject and how happy they are to share that knowledge.

My Project

Occupational therapy practices, as a whole, have revealed that alternative seating such as the use of a therapy ball can reduce disruptive behavior and increase production in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Schilling, Washington, Billingsly, & Deitz, 2003). Examining the use of alternative seating in the classroom may help to develop strategies for all students, with and without special needs, to focus better and be more productive in the classroom.

Students’ sensory needs must be met before learning can take place.

Hurricane Harvey has effected each of these students ability to self regulate their sensory needs. With these items we would have the ability to help regulate the sensory needs of our students.

Sitting for long periods of time may cause students to lose focus. For alternative seating, we would like to incorporate are bean bag chairs, lap desks, and different forms of therapy balls. Lap desks allow the student to relax on the floor while still being able to work; fidgets allow the student to use excess energy while quietly working at his desk. The therapy swing and body sock is for the student with Autism who needs deep tissue pressure.

We are confident that the different seating options and fidgets will allow our students to channel their energy so they can more easily retain the knowledge being provided.

Ms. Potts
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abilitations Wood MegaSpinner for Therapy with Carry Handle - 29 1/2 inch • Amazon Business $242.62 1 $242.62
Time Timer TTA4-W Audible Countdown Timer - 3 inch - Black • Amazon Business $23.51 10 $235.10
QS COAT RACK WALL MOUNT STRIP • School Specialty $41.27 3 $123.81
Drop Support Harness - Aiding in Patient Fall Prevention & Balance & Stability. for Epilepsy, Parkinson's, Elderly Care and More. Beneficial for PT/OT's. Increasing Patient Safety Over gait Belts. • Amazon Business $116.99 1 $116.99
CUSHION 15 INCH PURPLE COREDISK • School Specialty $56.79 2 $113.58
Skil-Care 912425 Sensory Gel Maze • Amazon Business $35.71 3 $107.13
Quility Indoor Therapy Swing Kids Special Needs | Lycra Snuggle Swing | Cuddle Hammock Children Autism, ADHD, Aspergers | Ideal Sensory Integration (up to 165lbs, Light Blue) • Amazon Business $79.70 1 $79.70
SEAT HOWDAHUG • School Specialty $72.91 1 $72.91
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guarantee, Green • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guarantee, Purple • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guarantee, Fuchsia • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
GEL-E-SEAT • School Specialty $33.15 2 $66.30
Dash Sensations Blue Bean Bag Chair for Kids with Removable Machine Washable Cover - Tactile and Sensory for Sitting, Lounging and Playing - 18" x 15" (60” Circumference) – by • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
Abilitations Dynamic Movement BodySox, Medium, 6-9 Years, 47" L x 27" W • Amazon Business $40.99 1 $40.99
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Navy • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Variety Pack - Approximate Sizes: Green 39x20" (100x50cm) & Blue 31x15" (80x40cm) Physio Roll • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Tangle Creations Tangle Therapy • Amazon Business $9.80 2 $19.60
CUSHION SIT 8 INCH PURPLE BITTY BOTTOMS CRUNCH • School Specialty $16.11 1 $16.11
Tangle Therapy Relax for Hand and Mind Wellness (color may vary) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Orange Approximately 23x12 (60x30cm) Physio Roll for Exercise, Therapy, Labor Birthing and Dog Training • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

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