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Ms. Scordino from Wilmington NC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Overload to Just Right: Creating a Sensory Room

My students need sensory items, particularly weighted and tactile items to help them meet their sensory input needs and avoid overstimulation.

  • $1,075 goal

This project expired on July 1, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The Intensive Behavior Support room is for students with the most challenging behaviors in the eastern county region. It provides an environment to teach social skills, coping skills, understanding emotions, and communication skills. We services students with a wide range of mental health needs.

Our school is a high poverty area that receives Title I funding.

A high percentage of our students also speak English as a second language. My students are wonderful kids who require additional support to help learn appropriate behaviors to function in the general education classroom and in society. They have a great sense of humor and tell things exactly how they are. The students have a diverse range of needs, including autism. The biggest issue my students with autism are facing is sensory overload in the classroom. Meltdowns from this can last for over two hours until the child can find the right input. Deep pressure and heavy items are the most calming for the students I currently serve.

My Project

The materials will be used daily to create scheduled sensory breaks for students with autism. This will give them a schedule for breaks that they need to get the sensory input they need on a regular basis. They will also be used when a child is overloaded and needs a calm place to calm down. Imagine a child who begins hitting and screaming because of clapping in the classroom. The student runs around the room, kicks the wall, screams, and cries. This student needs a soothing environment to help that child calm down and fix the over stimulation they are facing. Research also supports that a structured break schedule helps provide behavior improvements for individuals with autism. The goal being that with this schedule we can proactively address the behavior challenges these students are currently facing. The materials we are asking for focus on providing deep pressure, such as with the weighted blanket and pressure vest, as well as body awareness with the body sock, and tactile input

For my students with autism, sensory overload is a daily occurrence that can take away more than two hours of instruction and forces the child to spend more of his/her time away from peers than receiving social interaction and time in the general education classroom.

If this can be alleviated with the proper sensory input, these students can build better relationships with peers and receive more of the academic instruction they need.

Ms. Scordino
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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19 donors19 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 12 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BLANKET WEIGHTED MEDIUM 4' X 6' • School Specialty $123.49 1 $123.49
TOP PLASTIC GONGE TOP • School Specialty $83.59 1 $83.59
TOY VIBRATING MINI DOME • School Specialty $83.59 1 $83.59
KIT VEST WEIGHTED LARGE OXFORD • School Specialty $75.99 1 $75.99
WEIGHT SET 8LB MEDIUM BLANKET ST/6 WEIGHTS • School Specialty $56.99 1 $56.99
PILLOW VIBRATE PRESSURE ACTIVATED • School Specialty $47.49 1 $47.49
LAP PAD WEIGHTED OCTO PAD • School Specialty $44.64 1 $44.64
BALL MUDBALL PACK OF 3 • School Specialty $37.99 1 $37.99
PILLOW WEIGHTED SPOT • School Specialty $33.24 1 $33.24
BODY SOX MEDIUM AGES 6-8 YRS • School Specialty $30.39 1 $30.39
SEAT INFLATABLE MOVIN SIT JR. • School Specialty $30.39 1 $30.39
WEIGHT ANKLE PEDIATRIC 1/6-2LB • School Specialty $14.34 2 $28.68
WEIGHT HAND CANDO RIGHT 1/4LB • School Specialty $24.69 1 $24.69
GAME FIND IT KIDS EDITION • School Specialty $20.42 1 $20.42
TOY HIDE N FIND • School Specialty $12.34 1 $12.34
REPK BALL YUCKEBALL - 1 EA • School Specialty $6.64 1 $6.64

Materials cost

$740.56

Vendor shipping charges

$74.06

State sales tax

$57.76

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.11

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$913.49

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$161.20

Total project goal

$1,074.69

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,074.69

18 Donors

-$665.00

Donations toward project cost

-$580.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$84.75

match offer

-$392.05

Match offer toward project cost

-$333.24

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.81

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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