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 »
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.

 
See this teacher's page

Mrs. Southworth from Wichita KS is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Meeting Sensory Needs

Help me give my students tools to meet their sensory needs. Chair bands can help get out the fidgets while weighted lap blankets can calm students.

  • $232 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is a Therapeutic Day School for special needs students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We provide an alternative educational setting for students with behavioral and emotional disorders who are unable to function in a traditional academic environment.

Most of my students have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school and displaying appropriate social behavior with staff and peers.

Our classes serve students with a wide range of disabilities including intellectual disabilities, behavior disorders, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder and specific learning disabilities. Many are reading well below their grade level.

My Project

With Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD on the rise, more and more of our students are needing to fulfill these needs in a manner that is appropriate to the classroom environment. Students with a variety of sensory processing difficulties have heightened sensory needs that distract their focus from learning. These students have sensory needs that need to be met before they can begin to work. All of the items in this project will help take care of their sensory needs in a wide variety of ways so their brains can be freed up to learn.

When we can provide students appropriate tools that satisfy the need to rock or wiggle or fidget with their feet, it frees their minds to attend to learning tasks.

Some need the calming effects of the gentle pressure of a weighted lap blanket to help settle their minds onto learning tasks.

Read More
Mrs. Southworth
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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

2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 115 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 Mrs. Southworth is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Weighted Lap Blanket Pad for Kids by SENSORY4U – Panda Bear 4 lbs Weighted Blanket - Washable - Perfect for Sensory Disorders Such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Stress and Poor Concentration • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
Placed on The Leg 5LB,18x 18inches Kids Ladybird Weight Lap Pad Made with Cozy Feelings Material • Amazon Business $42.00 1 $42.00
Huggaroo Weighted Lap Pad for Kids - 100% Washable, 3.6 lbs, 29 x 8 inches (Puppy) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Chair Bands (12-Pack)-Fidget Resistance Chair Bands for Kids with Sensory Needs-Kicking Improves Concentration for Students with Autism ADHD SPD, for School Chairs Desk Classroom • Amazon Business $26.87 1 $26.87

Materials cost

$153.81

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$10.84

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.31

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$196.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$34.76

Total project goal

$231.72

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$231.72

2 Donors

-$231.72

Donations toward project cost

-$196.96

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.76

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":"Wichita","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4482115],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"KS","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"merchant.com.donorschoose1.prod","proposalId":4712636,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/meeting-sensory-needs/4712636/","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":115,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Southworth","authorIds":{"4482115":{"owner":"Mrs. Southworth","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4712636],"proposalHash":"2063753675","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp4482115_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1496523069425","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20943094,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["Nzk2NTY5","NDQ4MjExNQ=="],"teacherId":4482115,"schoolCounty":"Sedgwick","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"KS","name":"Kansas"}}