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Mrs. Kennedy from Joliet IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Self-regulation Tools for Traumatized Students

Help me give my students self regulation tools and resources needed for success!

  • $705 goal

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My Students

My students come from a low income/high poverty district and are faced with many challenges both in and out of the classroom and often don't have self-regulation skills they need to be ready to learn.

Our students seek out support staff as a safe place to calm their bodies and minds in order to get back to learning.

Our school uses social-emotional curricula to teach our students how to self-regulate their behaviors and emotions. Sometimes my students need individual support to process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

My Project

These tools and resources will allow our students the opportunity to build and practice crucial self-regulation skills in the educational environment. Our students come from low income backgrounds and a high percentage of them have also experienced trauma in their lives. They often lack the skills needed to self regulate, and benefit from a place to practice and develop these skills so they can be successful in school and life.

When students are struggling in class, they may take a break to use these tools to calm down.

These tools will not only be used for students school wide, but they will be available for staff members to use as well. We will use the social stories to teach and reinforce necessary social emotional skills. These books will be read to whole groups as well as individual students. There are also resources included for staff to develop skills to work with students. Snacks and water often quickly reset dysregulated bodies by addressing physiological needs. The nightlight projectors will be housed with both the psychologist and school social worker to create a calm environment for students who need a place to refocus and self-regulate their behavior and emotions. The bean bag chair will be a place where they can take a few moments to reset. Sensory toys, such as the kinetic sand, help calm the nervous system.

Mrs. Kennedy
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
[Upgraded Version] SOAIY Soothing Aurora LED Night Light Projector with UL Certified Adapter,Timer,Remote,Music Speaker,8 Lighting Modes,Relaxing Light Show,Mood Lamp for Baby Kids, Adults,Living Room • Amazon Business $23.99 2 $47.98
DBT® Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series) • Amazon Business $41.89 1 $41.89
Big Joe 638602 Milano Bean Bag Chair, Stretch Limo Black • Amazon Business $41.62 1 $41.62
Helping Teens Learn Self-Regulation with CD • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $28.75 1 $28.75
Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues, 24 Cube Boxes (56 Tissues per Box) • Amazon Business $25.47 1 $25.47
Sterilite 18828012 6-Quart See-Through Latch Box with White Lid and Peacock Latches • Amazon Business $11.52 2 $23.04
African-American Fashion Dolls, 11". Set of 6 with different clothes. Introduce them to your collection. Great favors for Birthday Party gifts. • Amazon Business $22.90 1 $22.90
Ccfoud Play Sand, Dinosaur Sandbox Sand, Kinetic Play Sand Includes 20 Shaping Molds,12 Dino Figures, 2 lbs Sand and Sand Tray • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce on the Go, Variety Pack (Apple Apple/Apple Banana/Apple Strawberry), 3.2 Ounce Portable BPA-Free Pouches, Gluten-Free, 20 Total Pouches • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Individual Counseling, Lessons for Adolescents (Grades 7-12) book w/ CD • Amazon Business $20.72 1 $20.72
Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, Crackers, Classic Mix, 29 oz, Variety Pack, Box, Snack Packs, Pack Of 30 • Amazon Business $9.98 2 $19.96
I Can't Believe You Said That!: Classroom Ideas for Teaching Students to Use Their Social Filters (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Kinetic Rock - Rock Crusher Toy Kit with Construction Tools, for Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
WELCH'S Mixed Fruit Snacks, 0.9 Ounce, 40 Count • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Hygiene... You Stink! (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Bleach Free Cleaning Wipes - 75 Count Each (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Kinetic Rock - 3-in-1 Loader with Construction Tools and Gold, for Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Soda Pop Head Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
It's Hard to be a Verb! Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $8.72 1 $8.72
My Mouth Is a Volcano Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
It's Hard To Be a Verb! • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Dining Collection Disposable Plastic Cups, 5 Oz, 160ml Clear (100) • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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