My students need materials that will help them regulate their sensory needs while learning.
All the students in my class are diagnosed with autism, yet their disability does not define them. While they might see the world a little different than some, they are capable of succeeding in whatever they put their minds to, given the right strategies, skills, and resources to use! Some challenges my students face on a daily basis are social interactions and regulation of emotions/sensory needs.
I teach an Autism Spectrum Disorder Support class for 3rd-5th graders at a Title I school in Georgia.
The purpose of this class is to help prepare my students to integrate into general education classes by teaching them a variety of skills and strategies that will help them be successful in larger class sizes with their neurotypical peers. My students come from a variety of backgrounds; some from single-parent homes and others whose parents speak English as a second language.
My goal as a teacher is to provide my students with the resources they need to be successful in socially, academically, and behaviorally. As a second year teacher at a newer Title-one school, it can be difficult to obtain the resources necessary that will benefit each of my students' individual needs.
Students with autism often struggle to regulate their sensory needs while learning. With the use of Bouncy Bands, a rocking chair, and a trampoline, my students will be able to receive the sensory input needed to be ready to learn. Bouncy Bands are designed to provide movement to students who have a hard time sitting at a desk for a period of time. The Bouncy bands will allow my students to work in their desks while also providing the stimulation their body is seeking. It also provides my students with a way to regulate their sensory needs in a way that is appropriate for a general education setting, which is essential as my students begin to transition out of our Autism Support Classroom into the general education setting with their neurotypical peers. The rocking chair provides similar stimulation as the Bouncy Bands, but is an alternative format that may better fit the needs of some of my students. It allow my students to move while reading a book or listening to a lesson as well as providing a calming motion used to deescalate behaviors. Last, my students thrive off of the use of a trampoline. It allows them to exert their energy before beginning a lesson which helps them focus and produce their best work. Our classroom trampoline recently broke due to the frequent use, so we are in need of a replacement!
By donating to our project, my students will be able to gain access to materials that will help regulate their sensory needs while learning, therefore maximizing their learning time throughout the day.
These materials will help my students continue to succeed both emotionally and academically.
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|Bouncy Bands for Desks (Black) • Amazon Business||$14.95||9||$134.55|
|Stamina Oval Fitness Trampoline • Amazon Business||$50.67||1||$50.67|
|ECR4Kids SoftZone Kids Gaming Rocker - Soft Foam Chair for Movies, Reading or TV - Black • Amazon Business||$49.99||1||$49.99|
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