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Ms. Van Dunk from Little Neck NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Play

Help me give my students tools to make a sensory area in the classroom where they can be calm and relax, when they are upset.

  • $298 goal

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My Students

My students attend a NYC public school that services students with severe disabilities. We focus on vocational training for young adults with developmental disabilities. My class provides specifically designed individualized services to students with significant global delays including those students who have multiple disabilities.

Our mission is to provide instructional programs, which allow students to realize their talents, strengths, and capabilities, in order to live and work in our community as independently as possible.

In my classroom, we value active participation and first-hand experiences as a means for our students to reach high standards of achievement. We work on Vocational tasks with the students. We also work on coping with stressful situations with the students.

Many of our students are from low-income households and would typically not have the means to participate in many of these opportunities.

My Project

I want to give my students different tools to be able to have sensory input that is calming and relaxing for the students. I plan on having an area in my room to have a calming area. The soothing mats, vibrating pillows, stress balls, aqua beads, and all sensory items are calming, relaxing and fun to use.

We all have a way to cope with stressful situations, my students are non-verbal so it is more difficult to understand and help when they are up set; so providing a calming area will give the students a chance to have a place they know is a calm relaxing one.

Ms. Van Dunk
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Soothing Pat Mat • Amazon Business $16.99 6 $101.94
Vibrating Pillow • Amazon Business $19.95 3 $59.85
VIIVRIA Water Beads, 20 OZ (60,000 Beads) Kids Water Beads, Flash Water Beads for Bath Refill, Kids Tactile Toys, Sensory Toys, Vase Filler, Transparent Jelly Pearls 8 Pack Clear Water Beads • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
MarvelBeads Water Beads Rainbow Mix (Over Half Pound) for Kids Sensory Play and Spa Refill (Non-Toxic) • Amazon Business $7.79 2 $15.58
Special Supplies DNA Squish Stress Ball (4-Pack) Squeeze, Color Sensory Toy | Relieve Tension, Stress | Home, Travel and Office Use | Fun for Kids and Adults (Squishy) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Fun Toy Stringy Balls Game Set of 5 Bundle Gift Box Bulk Relief Relax Fidget Play Squeeze Sensory Rainbow Splat Ball Monkey Toy Pom Pom Stress Ball Games for Kids Children Adults Office and Home • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90

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