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Ms. Justis from Sunnyvale CA is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory, Sensory!

My students need new play sand, pillows, and other sensory items to help our students wiggle and regulate their little bodies!

  • $233 goal

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My Students

Our students are all from three to five years old. Our classroom is typically their first school experience. The students in our classroom qualify under the education eligibility criteria for autism, with mild to moderate impairments in areas of social skills, language development, and sensory regulation and integration. Our students come from all cultural backgrounds and beliefs. We strive to make our classroom the best learning environment and experience we can for their first school experience.

Our class consists of eight amazing boys and two wonderful girls who all have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) qualifying under the educational eligibility of autism.

Each student has amazing skills and talents. Each student's IEP is created to build from their strengths and support their unique needs. The majority of our students' goals are created to support delays in the areas of social skills, play skills, academics, fine/gross motor, and coping skills.

My Project

My students need new sensory items to bring into our classroom. Having fidgets available at each center in our classroom will create a safe sensory escape. Offering lap weights, textures, gel pads, tangles, etc. for the students to test, enjoy, and experience for themselves. It is our wish that the students will explore all these items themselves and eventually be able to appropriately request these items independently as a replacement behavior. This will be helpful when they feel like they are on "sensory overload". We have requested different materials for different needs. We have also requested sensory writing utensils to help our students with motor skills as well.

Provided with explicit teaching and social modeling, our students will learn how maneuver through life’s challenges and obstacles to ensure that their sensory needs are being met.

The earlier we teach our students to advocate for themselves, the more prepared they’ll be for lifelong success -- inside and outside of school. Our goal is to help them learn to self-regulate and meet their sensory needs before they get overstimulated and feel like they need to escape.

Ms. Justis
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 10 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Motion Sand Play Sand for Kids by Toydaloo, 11 pound 5KG (Naturel) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Vibrating Pillow • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Inflatable Sensory Tray • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Unifix Cubes (100 count) • Amazon Business $13.70 1 $13.70
CoolSand Portable Inflatable Sand Box, Kinetic Play Sand Tray • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Color-Coded Therapy Putty • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
Left Right Crayons - Set of 10 • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Crayon Rocks 16 Colors in a Red Velvet Bag • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Pack of 8 Pencil Grip Aid Soft Gel Rubber Silicone Writing Aid Fits Most Writing Utensils for Back to School Assorted Bright Colors (8pcs) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
THE ULTIMATE FIDGET TOYS FOR ADHD KIDS & ADULTS |Increase Focus, Reduce anxiety & relief Stress, Tension and Nerves |E-BOOK |Speech Therapy Toys & Marble Sensory For ADD OCD & Autism(9 Pack ) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97

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