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Ms. Fiedler from Storm Lake IA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Integration and Therapy Room

My students need various sensory materials to meet their special education needs such as hearing protectors, ball pit, body sox, basketball hoop set, etc.

  • $712 goal

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My Students

There is never a dull moment in my inclusive preschool classroom. Although sometimes these little bodies just need a break. These are the materials that could allow my students just that.

I am a first year teacher for 10 general education students and seven students with special needs.

I have several students who are on the Autism spectrum. Typically, individuals with Autism have many sensory needs. Their senses are heightened, meaning everything is louder, brighter, and more overwhelming. Similar to how we need to take a break if we have been on sensory overload, individuals with Autism need breaks frequently. We might crawl into our bed or plop down on the couch. Those with Autistic tendencies might enjoy spinning gears, rolling on a ball, or even building something just by themselves. Allowing my students to have access to these items helps them cope with the overwhelming sensations they are having, thus allowing them to learn and experience more when they are in the classroom.

My Project

Students with Autism need a lot of sensory input. It is similar to us having an itch on our skin and not being able to scratch it, which results in frustration. My students have needs that they often struggle to alleviate. The "body sock" will help children with sensory processing disorders to work on "position in space" skill, and it also provides heavy work/deep pressure input that is both calming and organizing. Through all of these movement activities in the "body sock", they will have comfortable, resistive material to push against and have pushing against them. The ball pit will provide my students with a multi-sensory environment that will awaken their senses or calm them down, depending on the child. In the world of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and even for those who have certain sensitivities to noises and sounds, headphones can be a necessity to coping with the world around them. In fact, noise reduction headphones allow some children with Autism to thrive in crowded rooms.

Some of my students with special needs have sensory behaviors that are disruptive.

Due to the students having frequent disruptive sensory behaviors, it limits their chances for inclusion and friendships, as well as disrupts instruction for their peers. With these materials, my students will be able to calm themselves, allowing them to become more like their typically developing peers and allow them to have more success in social settings and in society.

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Ms. Fiedler
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 17 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Little Tikes Tot Sport Easy Score Basketball Hoop Set • Amazon Business $59.89 1 $59.89
Gymnic / Rody Inflatable Hopping Horse, Blue • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Ball Pit Tent with 100 Ball Pit Balls and Carrying Case by Imagination Generation • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
B. Underwater Zoo Activity Cube • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Little Tikes First Slide, Red/Blue • Amazon Business $34.97 1 $34.97
Hedstrom Sensory Shapes, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $30.00 1 $30.00
Moluk Bilibo Blue • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Abilitations 705469 Dynamic Movement Body Sox, Small, 3-5 Years, 40" L x 27" W • Amazon Business $29.26 1 $29.26
Fat Brain Toy Co Tobbles • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Guidecraft 3D Feel & Find Play Set • Amazon Business $21.00 1 $21.00
SmarterLife Products Premium Exercise and Stability Ball - #1 for Fitness, Weight Loss, Core Strength, CrossFit, Yoga & Pilates (Red, 55 cm) • Amazon Business $20.97 1 $20.97
Edushape Ltd Sensory Puzzle Blocks • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Abilitations Numbered Step-N-Stones Walk On Domes- 5 1/4 x 2 5/8 inch - Set of 6 - 6 Colors • Amazon Business $17.94 1 $17.94
Musical Toys MP-200 8-Inch Mini Rainmaker Shaker • Amazon Business $16.90 1 $16.90
Battat Sound Puzzle Box • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
6-feet Play Tunnel Toy Tent Child Kids Pop up Discovery Tube Playtent • Amazon Business $15.18 1 $15.18
Snug Safe n Sound Kids Earmuffs / Hearing Protectors - Adjustable Headband Ear Defenders For Children and Adults (Aqua Blue) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
SUESPORT Hopper Ball Kit,Pump Included, 18in/45cm, Blue, Hop Ball, Kangaroo Bouncer, Hoppity Hop, Sit and Bounce, Jumping Ball, 2-Size by 3-Colors Available • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
9-tile Multi-Color Solid Foam EVA Playmat Kids Safety Play Floor by HemingWeigh • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
POCO DIVO 9-tile Multi-color Exercise Mat Solid Foam EVA Playmat Kids Safety Play Floor • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68

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