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Mrs. Wilson from Dayton OH is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mental Health Matters in Our Trauma Sensitive Classroom Community

My students need tools such as books, cooperative games, and sensory toys to help with mental and emotional coping.

  • $574 goal

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My Students

I work in a trauma sensitive special education school designed for students whose needs are exceptional. They come to us from all different parts of the county with diverse behavioral needs. As a class, we work on coping and social skills daily to help each student design plans that work best for them. We love and care for each student in the classroom but, ultimately, aim to assist them in returning to their home school with the skills they need to learn and socialize.

We work to build a community that encourages growth and accepts the small victories that are unique to each student.

This is our school motto: Be safe, be kind, and never give up. We teach the ideas of the motto through academics, but it is truly experienced in the small unplanned moments the students encounter daily. The individualized attention each student receives is vital to the mental and emotional health that we aim to process and strengthen with them whenever the opportunity presents itself.

My Project

Just like every student learns academics differently, every student processes internal and external stimuli differently. In our classroom, we aim to give students the tools and skills they need to be successful in everyday life. This is taught by providing mental and emotional coping skills so that each individual can begin to monitor their own behaviors.

Students naturally gravitate towards the tools they need, so it is important to have the variety of options available.

Some learners can hear social and emotional stories and relate to them. The books chosen to meet the needs of these students will be used as an introduction for problem solving, empathy building, and emotional recognition. Others need hands-on experience, like that provided by the cooperative games, to understand real life instances that require coping skills. Race to Treasure, Stone Soup, and Outfoxed are a few of the games that require student teamwork to meet an outcome and win. Many need to dive right in with toys and sensory activities to process through a variety of emotions. The sensory table will be used with the kinetic sand, gel beads, and more for small group sensory exploration while the putty, Wikkistix, and sensory toys will be used for a students individual exploration time.

We hope to provide an inclusive classroom with options that can meet the needs of all students while being practical enough to take into their everyday lives.

Mrs. Wilson
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Large Sensory Table - 24"h • Amazon Business $107.99 1 $107.99
National Geographic Play Sand - 12 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds (Blue) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
[Upgraded Version] SOAIY Soothing Aurora LED Night Light Projector with Timer, Remote, Music Speaker, 8 Lighting Modes, Relaxing Light Show, Mood Lamp for Baby Kids, Adults, Living Room,Bedroom • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
WikkiStix Big Count Box Molding & Sculpting Sticks • Amazon Business $23.75 1 $23.75
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Mini Tins (.47oz each) Neon Flash, Love is in the Air, Amethyst Blush & Ion Gift Set Bundle - 4 Pack • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Fidget Sensory Toys Bundle Increase Focus Relieves Stress Toy Set,Liquid Motion Timer,Fidget Chain/Rings,Wacky Tracks Snap,Monkey Stringy Balls for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief Adult Kids • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
Even Superheroes Make Mistakes • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Peaceable Kingdom Stone Soup Award Winning Cooperative Matching Game for Kids • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Peaceable Kingdom Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game Emotional Development Cooperative Game for Kids • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Peaceable Kingdom/Race to the Treasure! Cooperative Board Game • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Outfoxed! Game Board Game • Amazon Business $15.83 1 $15.83
CBT 123: The Hilariously Fun Game that Empowers Kids and Teens to Take Charge of Their Thoughts, Actions, and Emotions • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Blue Plate Scramble Game • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Water Gel Beads MarvelBeads Non-Toxic Rainbow Mix (1 Pound Bulk) for Orbeez Spa Refill, Kids Sensory Toys and Décor (16 ounces) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
HOFA Reusable Smooth Plastic Ice Cubes White (Pack of 20) • Amazon Business $7.66 1 $7.66
Super Scarab Super Illusions Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty New small 2" tin • Amazon Business $5.30 1 $5.30

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