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Ms. Erin from Atlanta GA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I'm Learning! Strategies for Special Needs Students to Succeed

Help me give my students materials to improve fine motor skills, sensory deficits, self-regulation and upper body strength to function appropriately in their learning environment.

  • $701 goal

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My Students

I work with students with special needs ranging in age of 5-21 years old within all grade levels between Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Most of the students I work with are in the elementary level. Each of my students are unique in their own way, but most of my students require sensory needs and tools to strengthen their fine motor skills in order to function within their learning. I see most of my students in a one-to-one session where I work with them on strengthening of fine motor skills, sensory processing, and self-regulation.

Fine motor skills, sensory processing, and self-regulation tools are imperative for my students to learn, participate, cooperate, and maintain their attention to function appropriately in the classroom.

My students strive to incooperate the strategies that I give with assistance in order to make their day easier as they matriculate through the school day. I also give strategies in order to improve daily living skills within the school setting such as eating, fastners with clothing, and opening of various containers which also requires hand strength. My students would benefit from various tools to improve their function within the learning environment in order to be as independent as possible.

My Project

With this project, my kids will learn the fundamentals of yoga and will utilize the strategies in order to help with self-regulation, behaviors, mindfulness, and core/upper body strength. With these strategies, my students will be able to improve their functioning in the learning environment to help them become as independent as possible.

Yoga is helpful with improving children who have deficits to improve strength, regulation, and behaviors.

These students will be given techniques to even help them with anxiety and stress within the learning environment. Yoga has many evidence-based research with yoga and kids. This is a great way to benefit and improve the child and their needs.

Yoga benefits are very therapeutic and will start off each session as the foundation. After engaging in yoga, We will conduct various activities that focuses on strengthening of upper body strength and improving fine motor skills according to each student's needs. Strengthening upper body strength and improving fine motor skills will help my students with special needs to improve their functioning within the classroom and within the learning environment.

Some activities that will be incorporated for upper body strengthening and fine motor activities will be writing, coloring, glueing and cutting appropriately. Also strengthening with therabands help with posture and maintaining participation to task longer. These are some of the examples of activities to help with my student's needs. Sensory activities also improve with my student's participation in class and maintaining self-regulation to reduce behaviors related to the student's unique sensory deficits.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Yoga Mat Premium Print Extra Thick Non Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat for All Types of Yoga, Pilates & Floor Exercises, Oceanscape, 5/6mm • Amazon Business $27.48 5 $137.40
Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Seahorse, 3mm • Amazon Business $17.98 5 $89.90
The Pencil Grip Crossover Grip Metallic, Classroom Set of 36, Ergonomic Writing Aid for Righties and Lefties, Assorted Colors (TPG-17736) • Amazon Business $42.74 1 $42.74
SETmell Early Learning Basic Life Skills Toys Quiet Book,Montessori Learn to Dress Boards- Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace and Tie,Educational Toy for Baby Toddlers Children • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, Bear Counters and Dice Math Toddler Games 70pc Set - Bonus Scoop Tongs • Amazon Business $21.97 1 $21.97
Vive Exercise Putty - Therapeutic, Occupational and Therapy Tool - Thinking and Stress - Finger, Hand Grip Strength Exercises - Extra Soft, Soft, Medium, Firm (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Colors, Gift for Kids • Amazon Business $15.91 1 $15.91
3 Bees & Me Toddler Learning Toys - 50 Jumbo Lacing Beads for Toddlers and Kids - Educational Color Sorting & Shape Activities - Fine Motor Skills Toy • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
28 Pack Sensory Toys Set, Relieves Stress and Anxiety Fidget Toy for Children Adults, Special Toys Assortment for Birthday Party Favors, Classroom Rewards Prizes, Carnival, Piñata Goodie Bag Fillers • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
TheraBand Resistance Band Set, Professional Latex Elastic Bands for Upper & Lower Body, Core Exercise, Physical Therapy, Lower Pilates, At-Home Workouts, & Rehab, 5 Foot, Yellow, Red & Green, Beginner • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection, 152 Pieces, Coloring Supplies, Styles May Vary, Gift • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Finger Stretcher Hand Resistance Bands Hand Extensor Exerciser Finger Grip Strengthener Strength Trainer Gripper set for Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Exercise Guitar and Rock Climbing 3pcs (Round Grip) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
TheraBand Kinesiology Tape, Waterproof Physio Tape for Pain Relief, Muscle & Joint Support, Standard Roll with XactStretch Application Indicators, 2" X 10" Strips, 20 Precut Strips, Hot Red/Black • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Melissa & Doug Lace & Trace Farm Activity Set (5 Wooden Panels, 5 Matching Laces) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Fiskars 194300-1034 Pointed-tip Kids Scissors, 5 Inch, Warm 3 Pack • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Special Supplies Loop Scissors for Teens and Adults 8" (3-Pack) Colorful Looped, Adaptive Design | Right and Lefty Support | Small, Easy-Open Squeeze Handles | Supports Elderly & Special Needs • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Stack it Peg Game With Board Occupational Therapy Autism Fine Motor Skills by Fun Express- Single Foam Board and 30 Pegs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Elmer's Washable Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, 0.21 Oz, Pack of 6 + 2 Bonus Sticks • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Crayola Colored Pencils, 36 Premium Quality, Long-Lasting, Pre-Sharpened Pencils Non-Toxic Colored Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books or Kids 4 & Up, Great for Shading, Gradation, Line Art & More • Amazon Business $5.73 1 $5.73
Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Pad • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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