My students need sensory tools to provide them opportunities to try, identify and establish a routine incorporating regulating activities and functional strategies to support them in achieving and maintaining an appropriate state of arousal.
My students have a variety of social, emotional and behavioral issues. They require a multi-sensory approach to learning. We are in the process of setting up a sensory integration and self-regulation room for our students. Many of the children we service do not yet possess the skills to recognize, label and manipulate their feelings.
Being able to self-regulate would enhance their learning and increase participation.
Trauma, social-emotional and behavioral diagnoses have widened the achievement gap for our students. Many of our students have missed valuable instruction time due to their inability to regulate in the classroom. We are a large urban school district North of Boston, MA.
"Children acquire the ability to self-regulate by first being regulated. " (Stuart Shanker) I am requesting a Quiet Time Privacy Cube in hopes of offering my students a safe, calming place to self-regulate. Many of our younger students often seek space under tables and desks, which can be a safety concern. The Quiet Time Privacy Cube's design allows for a private space while staff can still monitor the student utilizing it.
Often unregulated students seek ways to keep their hands busy in attempts to process their sensory needs.
I have also requested a starter kit of Magna Tiles. These tiles are bright, colorful and fun to manipulate. Being able to create something often allows children to relax when they are in a heightened state.
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