I teach 3rd and 4th-grade students with autism, who have varying strengths and needs in the areas of social skills, academics, communication, and self-regulation. One thing that all of my students have in common is that they work extra hard to complete daily tasks or skills that individuals without disabilities may take for granted. In the classroom, my students struggle with self-determination, executive functioning, communicating with one another, and regulating their sensory processing.
To support my students with autism, I want to create a classroom environment that improves autonomy, collaboration, engagement, motivation, and sensory input through the use of flexible seating.
So much of our focus in special education is providing students with supports to meet their individual needs. I can only imagine what my students will be able to achieve when provided with seating options that meet their diverse needs!
Flexible seating will enhance student achievement by stimulating sensory needs, fostering spaces for collaboration, increasing student engagement and motivation, improving self-understanding, and by allowing students to take charge of their own learning. My students will be able to use these products throughout the day while learning about core academics, life skills, and social skills.
Our ultimate goal for our students with disabilities is to foster independence, autonomy, and self-determination.
With the products I have chosen, students will be able to choose between wobble chairs, balance balls, and stability balance discs. Through flexible seating, students will learn which type of seating best meets their needs.
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