Our students with disabilities require specialized instruction, including accommodations and modifications to the curriculum and classroom environment that require additional planning and resources than readily available to teachers. Many are affected by severe autism, and have deficits in verbal, physical, and intellectual functioning.
Many times, learning with a cognitive disability can be a constant struggle, though the resiliency and talent that shine through our students astound us on a daily basis.
These students are strong and beautiful, and they deserve the best education possible so that they can learn to share their abilities with the world.
We are raising funds for a fine-motor activity board to add to our 'Awesome Spot' sensory room for our students with autism. Currently, the students at our school have daily access to a sensory room that allows them to learn to regulate their activity level and moods using resources such as bouncy balls, a crash pad, tunnels, rocking chairs, and trampolines.
This activity board will help add to our sensory room by giving the students an opportunity to practice their fine-motor skills, build their concentration and attention skills, and practice peer engagement... all while having fun!
Teachers will have the opportunity to use this board as an independent center while working on direct strategies with other groups, or use it as a social-skills lesson in communication and turn-taking. The students will love engaging in this bright, fun tool!
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