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Mrs. Cabaleiro (Rempusheski) from Belleville NJ is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Little Learners: Meeting Every Child’s Special Needs

My students need sensory tools to promote behavioral and emotional regulation, improve focus and attention, increase participation and social skills with peers, and enable every child to meet their highest learning potential!

  • $1,354 goal

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My Students

“Children with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are just as beautiful as all the rest, but just need a little help spreading their wings.” -Unknown.

At the very young ages of 3-5 years old, my students are their very own superheroes!

Without even knowing, they come to our full day preschool disabled class having to work harder than most other children their age to make up for their weaknesses due to their developmental delay or disability which range from speech, physical, or cognitive delays, sensory processing disorder, and\or autism spectrum disorder.

Through the use of ABA, our class loves positive praise and reinforcement! We love to celebrate every little accomplishment, because after all, in our class, they are all big accomplishments! From something that may seem simple as a child learning to follow a command of clapping hands or touching their head, to another student using a 1-2 word expressive phrase to request their wants and needs, to a child engaging in a social interaction with a peer, to another overcoming fear of the loud toilet flushing which was holding him back from potty training, every milestone is a sign of progress and success!

My Project

Many of the preschool disabled students in my ABA class have sensory needs. Sensory diets are monitored by an occupational therapist and implemented into a child's routine to address their individual needs. Based on the sensory integration theory, specific types of input including proprioceptive, tactile, visual auditory, vestibular, oral motor, and gustatory are introduced during various times of the day and assist the brain in regulating attention and an appropriate level of arousal causing a neurochemical release in the brain which ultimately improves learning.

Potential positive effects from the materials I am requesting include a general sense of calm, decreased overall anxiety when practiced regularly, increased happiness and improved social interactions, increased communicativeness, better sleep and improved focus and attention, lowered hypersensitivity to touch, improved ability to tolerate the school environment, and decrease in self-injury due to improved self-awareness

If funded, I will use the materials purchased with this project to create a “Sensory Area” for sensory integration in my classroom as needed by my students. This will allow for consistency is carrying out sensory diets and address sensory seeking behavior ensuring maximum student benefit with the best possible education.

While resources requested including the Climber Gym, Teeter Totter, and Hide & Slide undoubtedly provide fun, they enhance physical (balance and body awareness, fine motor skills, coordination) and cognitive (cause-and-effect reasoning and social development) skills. Other items including the weighted materials, rolling pin, and massager provide calming compression and deep pressure therapy. The stimulation of their vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (position) senses provided by the Hanging Pod Swing helps students to feel more in control of their body. The Milliard Crash Pad allows children who actively seek out excessive sensory input to have a safe alternative to calm and organize their body.

Mrs. Cabaleiro (Rempusheski)
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abilitations Inflatable SensaRock with Balls, 53 x 40 Inches • Amazon Business $149.99 1 $149.99
Lil' monkey Olympus Climber GYM Foldable Frame Structure With Slide Indoor And Outdoor, Multi • Amazon Business $143.15 1 $143.15
Milliard Crash Pad | Sensory Bean Bag for Kids and Adults | Comes with Bonus Washable Cover | 5ft x 5ft • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Step2 Play Up Teeter Totter • Amazon Business $49.99 2 $99.98
Bear Paw Creek Latex Free Medium Stretchy Band • Amazon Business $55.50 1 $55.50
HappyPie Frog Folding Hanging Pod Swing Seat Indoor and Outdoor Hammock for Children to Adult (Blue) • Amazon Business $45.99 1 $45.99
Sensory Weighted Lap Pad for Kids - 5-pounds - Great Lap Weighted Blanket for Children with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Hide N Side 5pc Kids Ball Pit Tents and Tunnels, Toddler Jungle Gym Play Tent with Play Crawl Tunnel Toy , for Boys, babies, infants and Children, w/ Basketball Hoop, Indoor & Outdoor • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
Placed on the leg 3LB Ladybird Weighted Lap Pad that helps reduce Stress and Anxiety and provides Calming Deep Comfort and Cozy Feelings for Kids with Autism, ADHD, Aspergers and SPD • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
SensoryMoon True 8” Plasma Ball Lamp – Large Electric Globe Static Light w Touch, Sound Sensitive Lightning, Big 8 Inch Glass Sphere and Mini Tesla Energy Coil is Best Science Toy Nightlight for Kids • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Abilitations RollEase Foam Rolling Pin Calmer, 32 Inches, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $32.13 1 $32.13
Weighted Washable Snuggle Snake (Brown Plush) • Amazon Business $31.95 1 $31.95
Little Tikes Rocking Horse Blue • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
YoYa Toys DNA Stress Ball by 3 Pack - Squeezing Stress Relief Ball - For Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys For Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber Ball • Amazon Business $13.97 2 $27.94
Hand Held Massager Mini Portable Body Vibrating Massage with Led Light Perfect for Hand Head Neck Back Legs Arms Face Pain Release with Gift Bag And Gift Card (Battery Operated) • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Click N' Play Pack of 200 Phthalate Free BPA Free Crush Proof Plastic Ball, Pit Balls - 6 Bright Colors in Reusable and Durable Storage Mesh Bag with Zipper • Amazon Business $25.19 1 $25.19
Milliard Anti-Burst Peanut Ball Variety Pack - Approximate Sizes: Green 39x20" (100x50cm) & Blue 31x15" (80x40cm) Physio Roll • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Abilitations Teacher's Pet Weighted Lap Dog, Dot, 3-1/2 Pounds • Amazon Business $22.65 1 $22.65
Interlocking Foam Mats With Borders | Thick EVA Exercise Flooring | Soft & Non Toxic Kids Play Tiles | Puzzle for Children & Baby Room | Yoga Squares Babies Garage Gym Fitness Board (Blue) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Edushape Original Snap Beads Box • Amazon Business $17.74 1 $17.74
5 Pack Squishy Mesh Ball Stress LED Glowing Squeeze Grape Toys Hand Wrist Squeezing Anxiety Relief Light Up Colourful 2.5" Balls with Net Fidget Toy for Adults Kids Birthday Back To School Gift • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Tangle Therapy Relax for Hand and Mind Wellness • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
SENSO MEGA BUNDLE Sensory Chew Necklace Set - (4 PACK + BONUS PENCIL TOPPER) - Silicone Chewy for ADHD, Teething, Autism, Biting, Oral Motor Chew Toy for Boys and Girls - UPGRADED TOUGHER CHEW • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Melissa & Doug Pop Blocs Farm Animals Educational Baby Toy - 10 Linkable Pieces • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Ikea Suspension Ceiling Hooks Set Of 2 Steel Indoor Outdoor • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Resistance bands Exercise Bands-Workout Bands Therapy Bands-Best for Pilates, Stretching, Physical Therapy, Yoga and Home Fitness - with Instruction Guide & Handy Carry Bag • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88

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