I teach in a school-based partial hospitalization program. Students suffer from mental illnesses and are recovering from hospital stays and/or trying to re-integrate into the public school setting. All of the students have special needs and mental health diagnoses, ranging from depression to anxiety to autism. I work with two counselors who provide on site counseling services and group therapy.
Our students face many social, emotional and learning challenges.
Every day stressors, such as schedule changes, deadlines, or dealing with relationships with peers can become overwhelming to them. Our students lack basic coping strategies to deal with the little curve balls that life throws at them. In addition, many of the students have learning disabilities, or have difficulty keeping up due to absences. We provide counseling as well as teaching to students. We have a self-contained environment with flexible scheduling.
Our school is located in center city Allentown, PA. Many of our students come from low-income homes. Eighty-five percent of our population qualifies for free or reduced lunch.
Last year, thanks to donors like you, our class was outfitted with materials to make a space for students to relax, that we like to call the reset room. As part of this project, we were gifted two pairs of noise cancelling headphones for the students to use.
The use of headphones has been a big help to our class.
We use them for many different things. Sometimes students use them to listen to music to block out stimuli. Sometimes they use them with a laptop or iPad to listen to audio books. I have a student who has been in the US for less than a year and uses headphones to complete language lab activities. Needless to say, our headphones are getting a lot of use! One of the headphone jacks broke so we are down to one set for everyone to use.
If we had headphones for every student, this would be a huge help. In addition to the activities mentioned, students can use headphones to have computerized tests read to them, or complete virtual science lab activities. Such a simple item really opens doors for my students due to their needs.
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