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Ms. M. from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Soothing for Children With Special Needs

The cost of the Sensory Library is $658, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Irving School on Chicago's west side. There are very few self-contained special education classes that serve preschool and kindergarten-aged children in the Chicago area, therefore, my students are bussed from neighborhoods throughout the city. To qualify for services in my classroom, the students are either significantly developmentally delayed or diagnosed with a specific disability such as autism, cerebral palsy, or a genetic disorder. I currently service 14 children with chronological ages from 3-6 and developmental skills from 12 months through 5 years. My little classroom is a constantly busy place. The children are learning through exploration, experimentation, instruction, and play. Like most children with developmental delays, my students have a wide range of sensitivities to information received through their sensations. Their sensory systems take in information differently than most people. Sounds, touches, sights, and even smells are often sensed as too much input or too little. This causes distress and frustration for my students. We are always working on activities that will help their systems adapt to interpret the world in calmer and more soothing ways. I would like to create a "Sensory Library" for my students to utilize and explore. This library would consist of materials that will teach the children new ways of interpreting the world, allowing them to gain new information such as pre-reading, math and social skills. Light panels, gooey manipulatives, a classroom swing system, and a small trampoline are a few of the materials that would allow my little ones to grow, learn and change. When the world becomes a predictable and calm place through sensory exploration, children are able to focus their attention on the acquisition of new skills.

Ms. M.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TRAMPOLINE BABY SIZE ROUND MFG:2406 • Abilitations, Inc. $124.99 1 $124.99
COMBINATION KIT MFG NO:05060 ST#121898 • Abilitations, Inc. $111.99 1 $111.99
VIBRRATING PILLOWS SET/3 MFG:34102 • Abilitations, Inc. $89.99 1 $89.99
WATER COLORS MFG:2930 • Abilitations, Inc. $29.99 1 $29.99
LIGHT WASHER (UNIT COLOR VARY) MFG:117-000005-00 • Abilitations, Inc. $25.99 1 $25.99
EXTENSION PLUGS 1/PR MFG NO:EP-90904 ST#126008 • Abilitations, Inc. $25.50 1 $25.50
TWIDGET 106390 • Abilitations, Inc. $9.99 3 $29.97
YUK-E-MEDICINE RED 1/EACH 105297 500 GRAMS • Abilitations, Inc. $7.99 3 $23.97

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