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Ms. M. from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hugs for Autism

My students need sensory items like a hug machine to help them process stress, and they need an Ipad to help them communicate and learn in a fun way.

  • $1,100 goal

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My Students

I am a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district. My students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. All of my students have been diagnosed with autism. They all love to learn and communicate in different ways.

My students love to use technology, and it has been proven to help them grow academically.

They love books and many of them are learning to read using audiobooks and phonics.

Many of my students live in shelters or temporary housing facilities. Add in their disability, and life for my students is much more complicated than a typical student their age. However, I like to focus on the possible in my classroom. We all work together to have a great day. We share, we compliment each other on a job well done, and we have developed a classroom community that feels like a family.

My Project

My students are in grades 3-5 and all have severe autism.

People with autism often suffer from sensory processing disorders- in terms of touch they either feel too much or too little.

Many of my students like to bang, bump and move so they constantly feel. Sensory toys help my students to sit more comfortably by giving them the ability to better process the world around them in a way they understand.

Temple Grandin, a well-known and successful autistic woman, invented something known as the hug machine. Simply, this machine hugs children and gives them the deep pressure they seek out. This machine would be such a benefit in my classroom, as it would help students relax and be calmer by giving them the input their bodies are looking for in a safe, appropriate manner.

Lastly, an iPad has become such an essential part of a classroom, but most especially for students who are unable to communicate. I can use the iPad to create interactive books that help my students learn to read, as well as communicate simple wants and needs. Children are able to use an iPad to type responses to questions and push picture buttons that will communicate what they require- simple things like going to the bathroom, being thirsty and needing a glass of water. Something as simple as this communication can go a long way in opening a window into an autistic child's world and encouraging them to continue to socialize with others.

Ms. M.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Moving Mountains Single Squeezer • Amazon Business $449.00 1 $449.00
2017 Latest Model Apple iPad 9.7-inch Retina Display with WIFI, 32GB, Touch ID, Apple Pay, Space Gray • Amazon Business $301.86 1 $301.86
Yiyatoo 6 X 8 inch(large) 3-dimensional Pin Sculpture- Children & Adults - Classic Pin Art Toy Sculptures - made of Plastic and Metal. • Amazon Business $18.85 1 $18.85
Hibery 5 Pack Monkey Stringy Balls, Soft Active Fun Toy, Sensory Fidgets Toys, Stress Balls with Rainbow Pom Ball, Colorful Bouncy Ball / Stress / Sensory Toy • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
CAM-ULATA for New 9.7 iPad Case Kids 2017 Shockproof for iPad Air Air 2 Tablet Kids proof Handle Cover 5th Generation 9.7 inch with Folio Stand Blue • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
DNA Squishy Stress Ball (4-Pack) Squeeze, Color Sensory Toy | Relieve Tension, Anxiety, ADHD | Home, Travel and Office Use | Fun for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
EDsports 22 Pack Slime Making Kits Supplies,Fishbowl Beads,Foam Balls,Glitter Shake Jars,Fruit Flower Candy Slices Accessories,DIY Art Craft for Homemade Slime, Wedding and Party Decoration • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls by YoYa Toys - 3 Pack - Elastic Construction Sensory Balls - Ideal For Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & More • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Hoberman Mini Sphere Rainbow • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Here Fashion 8'' Mini Rainmaker Toy for Babies Rainfall Rattle Tube Rain Stick Shaker Music Sensory Auditory Instrument Toy • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Spiky Sensory Ring / Bracelet Fidget Toy (Pack of 3) - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free - Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Toysmith Squigglets Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18

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