Help me give my students a classroom that meets their sensory needs and keeps them engaged and ready to learn!
I teach an Adaptive Elementary Life Skills (special education) class that serves students from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. My students have varying disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, & other disabilities. These kiddos have a wide variety of needs and skill levels. My students are unique and learn differently than most students do. They are capable of amazing things when provided with the right tools to support them and help them learn.
This is my first year teaching, and I am striving to create an environment that allows for my students to be happy & willing to learn!
Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play for some children with special needs is comparable to easing into a nice, hot bath after a stressful day. It is immensely soothing to engage in sensory play for students who often struggle to cope with the world around them. Loud noises, bright lights, and simply being touched are just some of the stimuli that can send a child with sensory needs into a meltdown. Once a child reaches this point of escalation, they are not going to be in a space where they are ready to learn. Fortunately, providing a safe space for students can help them regain control of their emotions.
I envision my classroom being this safe space.
I would like my students to have access to a "blackout" tent when their senses become overwhelmed. In addition, I plan to incorporate sensory breaks into our daily schedule, giving my kiddos time to run their hands through water beads or relax with some water play. The use of fidget bands on chairs can help to keep my students with ADHD in their seats, focused, and engaged. All of the products that I have selected will help my students to be successful & enrich their learning experience.
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|Sensory Pop-up Blackout Kids Play Tent for Boys and Girls- Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, SPD Gift-Large Indoor-Sensory Equipment • Amazon Business||$89.99||1||$89.99|
|ECR4Kids Assorted Colors Sand and Water Adjustable Activity Play Table Center with Lids, Square (2-Station) • Amazon Business||$84.99||1||$84.99|
|Kids Wall Art Woodland Decor, Educational Alphabet Wall Cards for Classroom, Nursery and Bedroom - Set of 26 5x7in Letter Prints • Amazon Business||$29.99||1||$29.99|
|Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Tranquil Blue), Set of 4 • Amazon Business||$28.09||1||$28.09|
|Fidget Bands for Classroom Chairs - Affordable Flexible Seating Classroom Furniture Option for Kids - Perfect for Kids with Fidgety Feet, Wiggles, and Sensory Needs - Lakiband by LakiKid (10-Pack) • Amazon Business||$27.97||1||$27.97|
|Learning Resources Alphabet Center Pocket Chart, ABCs, Letter, Word Recognition, 212 Pieces • Amazon Business||$25.99||1||$25.99|
|Classroom Keepers Management Center, 4 Slots and 2 Drawers, Blue, 12-3/8"H x 13-1/2"W x 12-3/8"D, 1 Center • Amazon Business||$20.44||1||$20.44|
|EDsportshouse Sensory Toys Bundle-Stress Relief Fidget Hand Toys for Kids and Adults,Sensory Fidget and Squeeze Widget for Relaxing Therapy-Perfect for ADHD Anxiety Autism • Amazon Business||$16.99||1||$16.99|
|Kinetic Sand, 3lbs Beach Sand for Ages 3 & Up (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business||$10.49||1||$10.49|
|Li’l Gen Water Beads with Fine Motor Skills Toy Set, Non-Toxic Water Sensory Toy for Kids - 20,000 Beads with 2 Scoops and Tweezers for Early Skill Development • Amazon Business||$9.99||1||$9.99|
|Carson Dellosa - American Sign Language Flash Cards - Learning to Sign for Babies, Toddlers, Kids , Adults and Beginners - All Ages • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
|Pencil Grips Koabbit for Kids Hand Writing for Preschool,Writing Aid Grips Trainer Posture Correction,Universal Ergonomic Training Gripper for Righties and Lefties(3Pack) • Amazon Business||$4.99||1||$4.99|
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