You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Menu
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 

Ms. Ahern from Lawrence MA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It's Sensational

My project needs a variety of sensory materials including: HaloWeight - 2 kilo, Abilitations Giant Yuk-E-Balls, Theraputty (blue and green), Stretch 'N Bounce Balls, Weighted Hall Pass, Octositz Sit and Play, ChewEase, Knobby Tube Chew Tool, Grab Aroma, Tuffy Chewy, Vibrating Snake, Safety Toothbrush, Nuk brush, sensory brushes and holder, stretch ease, and weighted ball.

  • $491 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

What if the breeze from an open window was painful to you? Or the buzz of the fluorescent lights distracting? Or what if you needed to be moving to stay awake? If a student's body does not correctly interpret incoming sensory information a student cannot learn. Students with special needs such as autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease, chromosomal disorders and other disabilities cannot properly understand sensory input leading to increased learning difficulties. My 7-12 students, ages 14-22, have varying levels of sensory processing disturbances. Those with global sensory issues from autism or Down Syndrome may need hourly sensory integration sessions, those with cerebral palsy or other motor issues may need less frequent intervention or intervention in only one area of sensory development, for example oral motor development.

In a collaborative special needs classroom, such as mine, special needs equipment is expensive. Money is often spent on the "big ticket", essential items such as gait trainers to teach students to walk or FM auditory trainers to aide hearing impaired students in listening. Smaller items, such as sensory brushes or pressure vests, are either bought in quantities too small to benefit the students (i.e. one item to be shared among six classrooms) or are not purchased at all. If students have the sensory interventions they need they will be able to access more of their education, in turn greatly increasing the chance that they become contributing members of society as they grow and develop.

Purchasing a broad variety of sensory intervention equipment, to be used by a small population of 7-12 students in one classroom rather than 40 students in 6 classrooms ensures that students will have access to the items they need. The items chosen for purchase will make up a "sensory intervention kit" for the classroom and are items that the teacher and the TEAM made up of a speech, occupational and physical therapist will determine the best use of for years to come. As they will belong to the classroom and not the educational agency they will stay available rather than moving from room to room.

With autism affecting 1 in 150 children, cerebral palsy 1 in 500, Down Syndrome 1 in 800 and the total number of students with severe or multiple disabilities in the USA is about 145 000, there is an excellent chance that someone you love loves someone with a severe disability. Your help will ensure that some of these students have better access to learning and a higher quality of life.

Ms. Ahern
Grades 9-12
  • North Commons Educational Complex
  • Lawrence, MA

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 10 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Ahern is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stretch 'N Bounce • Abilitations, Inc. $7.99 1 $7.99
More Ingenious Transition Jobs For Heavy Work - Weighted Hall Pass™ • Abilitations, Inc. $15.29 1 $15.29
Octositz Sit and Play • Abilitations, Inc. $46.99 1 $46.99
Knobby Tube Chew Tool • Abilitations, Inc. $8.29 1 $8.29
GrabAroma • Abilitations, Inc. $21.99 1 $21.99
Tuffy Chewy • Abilitations, Inc. $6.29 1 $6.29
Vibrating Snake • Abilitations, Inc. $27.99 1 $27.99
Child Safety Toothbrush • Abilitations, Inc. $7.99 1 $7.99
Nuk Brushes & Massagers, Set of Three • Abilitations, Inc. $12.59 1 $12.59
Sensory Brush Holder • Abilitations, Inc. $15.59 1 $15.59
Sensory Brush Set of 12 • Abilitations, Inc. $24.59 1 $24.59
ChewEase • Abilitations, Inc. $7.29 1 $7.29
Stretch 'N Bounce • Abilitations, Inc. $7.99 1 $7.99
Stretcheze Loop - Large • Abilitations, Inc. $27.59 1 $27.59
Abilitations Giant Yuk-E-Balls - 3 kg, Violet • Abilitations, Inc. $48.99 1 $48.99
HaloWeight - 2 kilo • Abilitations, Inc. $43.99 1 $43.99
Theraputty™ - Medium Green 2oz. • Abilitations, Inc. $5.29 1 $5.29
Theraputty™ - Firm Blue 2 oz. • Abilitations, Inc. $5.29 1 $5.29

Materials cost

$342.02

Vendor shipping charges

$34.20

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.55

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$402.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.24

Total project goal

$490.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$490.24

4 Donors

-$472.94

Donations toward project cost

-$402.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$70.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.30

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Lawrence","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[130012],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"MA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":4,"name":"High School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":119552,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/its-sensational/119552/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":10,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Ahern","authorIds":{"130012":{"owner":"Ms. Ahern","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[119552],"proposalHash":"529971172","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://cdn.donorschoose.net/images/placeholder-avatars/136/teacher-placeholder-2_136.png","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":34670,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":130012,"schoolCounty":"Essex","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"MA","name":"Massachusetts"}}