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Mrs. Sampson from Haysville KS is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Give Autistic Kids the Space to Be Themselves

My students need a safe indoor swing and books in order to help meet their special sensory needs.

  • $437 goal

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My Students

Our classroom is made up of the most "individual" individuals in the school. In fact, we celebrate by having our class motto as "free to be me"! We are a self-contained Communication Disorder short, the "autism" classroom. This classroom has only be open for 4 semesters and is still building inventory, resources, and especially relationships. The majority of our students struggle financially or are from single-parent homes. We are definitely a family and help to meet all their needs without question.

My Project

The indoor swing/cocoon, sensory tools, social skills items, and sign language references will provide the gross motor and vestibular stimulation necessary to prepare my students to sit quietly and listen, complete independent work, and regulate their sensory needs. The additional materials will not directly teach my students new skills, but they will help prime my students for learning how to manage many daily living skills. For example, while I'm teaching a lesson on number naming, one of my students may be rolling around on the floor having difficulty maintaining their space and needing gross motor activity. If the swing or cocoon is installed in the classroom, I can have my aide work with that student on swinging while I continue teaching. The swinging will activate their vestibular system and ready that student for learning and promote self-regulation. Finally, the sign language reference cards will help to promote communication for my students by enhancing the para-professionals and teacher's knowledge of sign language.

The donations for this project will improve my classroom by reducing the amount of behavioral, sensory, and communication issues, because I will be able to provide the appropriate stimulation that my students need, but cannot voice, due to their disabilities.

With less behavioral issues, we can increase our learning and time on task. I'm looking forward to seeing my students happier and ready to learn.

Mrs. Sampson
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sorbus Hanging Rope Hammock Chair Swing Seat With Adjustable Multi-Use Stand for Any Indoor or Outdoor Spaces • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
Giant 40" Saucer Tree Swing in Elite Rainbow - 400 lb Weight Capacity - Durable Steel Frame, Waterproof - Adjustable Ropes - Easy to Install - Bonus Flag Set and 2 Carabiners - Non-Stop Fun for Kids! • Amazon Business $84.99 1 $84.99
OUTREE Kids Pod Swing Seat Hammock ,100%cotton Child hammock Chair for Indoor and Outdoor use(Red) • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Social Skills Board Games (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $29.85 1 $29.85
My Moods, My Choices (TM) Flipbook for Kids | 20 Different Moods/Emotions | Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices | Great for all Kids including those with Autism and ADHD • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Bumkins DC Comics Silicone Teething Pendant Necklace, Batman Onyx • Amazon Business $12.54 1 $12.54
Hanging Chair/Hammock Chair Swivel Hook Snap - 500 LB Capacity - Outdoor/Indoor (500 LB WEIGHT LIMIT) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Cutequeen Trading 1pcs Hold up 500 Lb Hammock Chair Spring Weight Capacity (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Sensory Toys For Autistic Children - Chew Brick Necklace Set Perfect For Teething Tactile and Chewing Relief w Chewable Chewlery Pencil Topper Boys and Girls w ADHD and Processing Disorders • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
MarvelBeads Water Beads Rainbow Mix, 8 oz (20,000 beads) for Orbeez Spa Refill, Sensory Toys and Décor • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
American Sign Language - First 100+ Words (Quick Study Academic) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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