More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need sensory items such as bean bags and pea pods for comfort, various textured balls and wands, rainstick for soothing sounds, trampoline for feet, etc.
Please rescue us! We have Autism and other sensory processing disorders and we don't have anything to help us calm down! We need a special place we can go to feel different textures on our skin, and various movements with our bodies. When we aren't able to calm ourselves we get upset in class.
I have the sweetest 5th and 6th graders on earth.
My kids have various special needs that can make life difficult. It's nearly impossible to stay seated when they have the urge to move. Seat cushions, "toys" to hold during class, etc. can help with movement. These items (and many others) help them focus in the classroom. They process things differently and sometimes it's hard to filter sounds, light, etc. at the same time. So they get frustrated and start acting out in the classroom because they don't know what else they can do to correct the problem. I teach in a school where 40% of the population is made up of disadvantaged kids. Many of them come from broken homes and school is their only place for safety. Getting their sensory needs met helps the kids feel safe. The entire school would benefit because the sensory area will be open to all kids that need it.
With a sensory area in my classroom, children from all over the campus (not just my students) can have a safe place to come when the classroom becomes too much to handle. The different textures and movement activities they would get from bean bags, seat cushions, body brush, hand manipulatives, trampoline, odd shaped balls, gel lamp, etc. help calm the children so they can go back to class and continue learning.
This sensory area would have a positive impact on the entire community.
The children that aren't able to filter incoming sounds and images get upset easily and impede the learning of the entire class. With sensory breaks built into their day, they aren't acting out and the entire class can safely learn. Please help these children!
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