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Mrs. Silvia from Seattle WA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Light It Up Blue in April: Autism Supports

My students need stretchy rope, tactile discs, weighted lap belts and other sensory mechanisms to help them stay calm while learning in the classroom.

  • $601 goal

This project expired on August 2, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Each morning, we work on staying calm and getting ready for another exciting day of school! Sometimes, we need extra supports to stay calm in addition to our "coping strategies," but it is often difficult to acquire funding for extras. Being calm is the key to a successful school day!

My students are between the ages of 6 and 8, and all are very smart, curious young men!

I work with students who have autism, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, cognitive delays, developmental delays, speech impairments, visual impairments, and hearing impairments. With so many students with varying needs, it can be difficult to afford the many different types of "calmers" we need for our classroom. My school is a Title I school, and our budget is very limited. I have had to spend money getting the basics (books, pencils, crayons), leaving me without enough money to purchase many things I would describe as basic needs for a child with autism (and anxiety). Without having these "basic needs," I am often left to try and create something at home to take the place of a weighted vest, lap belt, or stretch band. These items are CRUCIAL to help my students succeed and be included in the school community. Without additional funding, I cannot provide my students with items to meet their needs. My students need stretchy rope, tactile discs, weighted lap belts and other sensory mechanisms to help them stay calm while learning in the classroom.

My Project

My students will use these "calming tools" to help them maintain their success in the classroom. For a child with autism, having a lap belt or a weighted vest provides sensory input, which is calming in what might be an overstimulating environment. Students with autism often have great success when receiving sensory input in the form of deep, consistent pressure, such as what will be attained with the use of the "pea pod" I have asked for. The "pea pod" is basically an adapted bean bag a child can sit inside to receive calming sensory input. With more tools to use for staying calm, my students will be able to have access to more academic and social learning time in my self-contained classroom. Students will also have greater success working with regular education peers if they are able to stay calm rather than becoming over-stimulated. These adapted tools will be accessed by my students when they are anxious, worried, upset, or angry. Helping my students cope with strong feelings is crucial.

This project will make a huge difference in my classroom because I currently have NO weighted materials or large, pressure providing "calmers." These tools are too expensive for me to provide from my small budget, and it is difficult to create something my students can use in the classroom to provide a consistent level of sensory input.

By being able to use these calming tools and maintain homeostasis, my students will participate in more academic and social learning.

Mrs. Silvia
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
PEA POD MEDIUM 60 IN • School Specialty $84.54 1 $84.54
PILLOW LAP LANDER (SMALL 9''X9'') • School Specialty $82.64 1 $82.64
DISCS TACTILE SET OF 10 • School Specialty $75.99 1 $75.99
PILLOW WEIGHTED SPOT • School Specialty $33.24 1 $33.24
BAND LYCRA STRETCH-EZE SMALL • School Specialty $32.29 1 $32.29
TOY BILIBO - COLORS WILL VARY • School Specialty $24.69 1 $24.69
BALANCE JUMP BUNGEE JUMPER • School Specialty $24.22 1 $24.22
BUCKET NO SPILL BIG BUBBLE • School Specialty $16.14 1 $16.14
PEN SQUIGGLE WIGGLE WRITER SET • School Specialty $9.49 1 $9.49
BOARD PEG INDIVIDUAL • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59
PEN PILOT FRIXION CLICKER ERASABLE GEL FINE BLACK INK • School Specialty $2.37 2 $4.74
PENCIL MECHANICAL 1.3MM ASSORTED COLORS PACK OF 8 • School Specialty $3.98 1 $3.98

Materials cost

$399.55

Vendor shipping charges

$39.96

State sales tax

$34.96

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$510.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$90.08

Total project goal

$600.54

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$600.54

10 Donors

-$600.54

Donations toward project cost

-$510.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$90.08

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$0.00

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