Ms. Godfrey from Concord CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students Howdahug Seats so that they can rock back and forth, self-calm, and attend to their group lessons!
I am an occupational therapist working with elementary students who have social-emotional challenges. They want to learn but have a hard time learning in typical chairs because they crave movement! The movement they obtain from recess and P.E. is not enough to help them focus for an entire school day. Kids are not "wiggle worms" because they desire to distract from a lesson or misbehave. Their fidgeting and movement communicates that they learn best when in motion, and that they need adaptive seating. Think about yourself- do you attend best when you have had a morning walk or jog? Do you feel lacking in energy and focus when you were in a long meeting or especially sedentary?
Our students need to move (rock back and forth) in order to learn in class, and reach their full potential!
Rocking back and forth on HowdaHug seats provides them with vestibular sensory input.
The vestibular sensory system involves the inner ear receiving information from our heads moving. The inner ear then sends information to the brain on head position and movement; this input helps students maintain adequate posture, and attain a calm and attentive state that allows learning to take place.
My elementary students have social-emotional challenges which means that they need extra supports to regulate their emotions so they can focus on their learning. They also crave movement in the classroom. Typical desk and chair set-ups do not provide adequate opportunities to move while learning. This is when adaptive seating can come to the rescue! I need and appreciate your support to make this vision happen for the two classrooms I serve!
As an occupational therapist, I am confident that the Howda Hug seats will provide sensory input to my students so that they can learn in a calm, attentive state.
Students will be able to feel "hugged" by their Howda Hug seats, which allows them to be grounded and calm. Moreover, the slow and steady rocking motion will bolster focused attention and support posture. I envision students rocking back and forth at the carpet while actively engaging in the group lesson (with hands raised, eyes on the teacher, and listening ears). Lessons could involve a reading group, an educational video clip, a science demonstration, or a classroom meeting- to name a few. I hope to provide teachers with Howda Hug seats so their students can move in a non-disruptive manner and grow in their learning.
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|SEAT HOWDAHUG • School Specialty||$80.93||6||$485.58|
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