I teach in a high school resource room in a rural community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our school services students in 6th-12th grade. Over 80% of our school's population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. Our students are also served free breakfast daily. For many students, our school is their safe place away from unstable home environments.
Sensory output is something my students are constantly seeking.
My students use my "fidget" tools so much they are wearing out. The students I service would benefit greatly from new sensory output tools to help them refocus their energy and focus on their academics.
I have always believed that my students are not defined by their disabilities, but by their abilities. I work with students with eligibility ranging from students with autism to students with a range of learning disabilities. It is sometimes a challenge for my students to sit and focus without having some part of their bodies moving. I have found that little handheld "fidgets" work well to bring my students' minds back to academics.
My students are in need of sensory tools to help them focus. The students I service spend most of their day stuck in uncomfortable desks with limited energy output. Students are constantly seeking sensory output by tapping their pencils, shaking their legs, and constantly readjusting their position. All of this can be distracting to others around them.
Sensory tools would help my students refocus their minds on the important work at hand, academics, in a less distracting way.
Handheld sensory items and desk-top sensory tools give students an opportunity to release energy in a calm, quiet way. This means students can use these sensory tools while lessons are going on, and they can also help the refocus their minds during a break time.
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