My name is Nichole Long and I am a Middle School Life Skills Teacher at FHMS, in the McKeesport Area School District.
Our district is a low-income district with decreasing funds. This is my first year within the life skills setting as I previously was a special education teacher in the learning support setting. I am trying to encourage my students to learn life skills in order to be able to function in the 'real world' once they leave middle and high school. Our students need lots of hands on activities in order to learn. My classroom is very small and we have limited resources for this. Several of my students are non-verbal and rely on sign language, pointing and even making noises in order for us to understand their wants and needs. With the use of adaptive seating in my classroom it will allow my students to be able to work on these life skills while learning with the use of adaptive seating while students may be stimming, on the verge of a tantrum and/or as a reward.
The Flex-Space Collaborative Floor Work Space Bundle will help my students to calm themselves down rather than having to be removed from the classroom setting in order to calm down. By having the floor work space bundle students can use it as a calm down area or a reading/iPad area.
Alternative seating is a great addition to a special needs classroom, students needs a safe space to redirect themselves if possible.
This will help those students who need a break or become frustrated be able to independently redirect themselves or complete their work without leaving the classroom setting without the assistance of the teacher.
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