My students need 4 chair balls for specialized seating in the classroom to help them meet their sensory needs while learning.
Everyone experiences unpleasant sensory experiences at some point in their lives. Imagine how you feel when you miss a meal or are late for an appointment; anxious, sluggish, unable to concentrate, or irritable. This is how someone with autism feels when their sensory needs are not met.
Our special education department currently serves over 70 students with disabilities.
The learning environments for special education students vary, as instruction occurs across settings. Students with disabilities participate in both the general education classroom and special education classroom with modifications, accommodations, and support as needed.
These students are at risk of academic, vocational, and social failure. One hundred percent of our special education students require modifications, accommodations, and differentiated instruction. Many of these students require simple environmental or individualized modifications, such as specialized seating, sensory fidgets, or small sensory tools to experience success.
Many students with disabilities have trouble processing the sensory information they receive from the world around them. Students who are overly sensitive to sensory input can quickly reach the point of overload, which is distressing and even painful for them. Being under-sensitive can also have an impact on learning, as the student seeks out activities which provide the extra sensory input that their body is craving. By the time they reach these points, their system starts to block out new input, which makes learning almost impossible. Sensory integration activities address sensory needs by either lessening or amplifying the intensity of various forms of sensory stimulation that children receive. The sensory integration tools I am requesting are specialized seating to help my students meet their sensory needs during lessons.
Sensory integration activities can serve a calming function for children with autism and other disabilities.
In this capacity, they are often used to facilitate communication, attention, and motivation. They may be used as rewards for task completion, or they may be provided alongside another task as a calming influence that helps children stay on task. Typically, students are better organized, fluent, and able to attend to tasks when they engage in desired sensory integration tasks.
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