All my students have significant developmental disabilities including cognitive and physical disabilities. They range in age from 3-21 years of age.
Due to the severity of their disabilities, they attend a separate school for students with those types of delays.
Most of the students come from low-income families. My students' needs are considered intensive, and they struggle with many day-to-day tasks. However, despite their difficulties with many everyday tasks of daily living, they thoroughly enjoy music therapy sessions and often "shine" during the activities presented
I've titled his project "Filling the Need" because there are several categories of "need" that are being filled in this one project.
Many of my students struggle with core strength.
Others have a whole lot of wiggles that they need to get out. Wobble chairs are a perfect solution for working on both of those needs.
Other students have a difficult time holding on to thin handled chiquitas but larger maracas are too harsh sounding. We have found that Twist Shakers are perfect for the both the hands and ears!
Several of our students have disorders that cause their hands to fist up tight. Opening up those hands gets more and more difficult as they get older. However, we have discovered that several students will open their hands to explore a cabasa during music classes. Those beads feel really cool under their fingers.
Bilateral movement isn't the easiest for many of my kiddos. Rubbing (as opposed to clapping) sandblocks together takes a lot of concentration and effort and works on that skill.
I typically have 8 students in a classroom - every 30 minutes. Unfortunately, I only have seven lollipop drums to play along to songs like the Chordette's "Lollipop" and Lesley Gore's "Sunshine and Lollipops". One more lollipop drum will fill the need I have for everyone to participate.
Finally, at the beginning of every music class I play a greeting song on my ukulele. As the week progresses and the students strum along with me, it gets out of tune. Having a clip on ukulele tuner would help me keep in tune and ready to go!
If you donated to this project, you can sign in to leave a comment for Mrs. Lopez.
DonorsChoose is the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Mrs. Lopez and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.