My students are the ten colors of the Autism rainbow, each their own hue of personality. Some of them are nonverbal and are working on using sign language to communicate their wants and needs. The students come from different backgrounds and have different strengths, but they all are bright, energetic, and curious. Even on the challenging days, my students bring joy to me and my staff with their loving, youthful, and independent spirits.
My students are dynamic and sensitive.
Giving these students sensory input is essential to their classroom experience. My staff and I use sensory integration items to help the students be calm, focused, and comfortable so they can be ready to learn. We utilize therapeutic brushes, weighted blankets and vests, wiggle cushions, and sensory toys to aid students. It is wonderful to see a student smile and relax when they receive the special sensory attention they need.
My intention is to build an enriched environment to given my students a variety of play and sensory experiences. Donors Choose can help with that!
Children in our classroom have short attention spans and many sensory needs. With appropriate sensory support, we can help our children lengthen their attention spans, attend to tasks, and meet their academic goals. Chewy toys can assist students with oral sensory needs while focusing, staying quiet during circle time, and improving the learning experience for all students. Compression items like body socks and weighted vests help ground students and strengthen their attention span. Special art supplies like theraputty can fulfill students' sensory needs and give them an opportunity to be creative and express themselves. Essential oils help calm everyone in the classroom, enhancing the learning environment for our sensitive and wonderful students.
With these new sensory items, our students will be able to get more of their sensory needs met independently or with teachers assistance.
Since our kids have a lot of sensory needs, we try to teach them some independence by providing them opportunities to request for items such as, chewlery or massagers before we start an activity to help with focus. Having various sensory toy options can help regulate their needs and increase the number of academic opportunities throughout the day. The essential oils have become a part of our daily routine where we have the children smell and choose which oils they want diffused in the room. A few of our children use the oils as a reinforcer for completing work.
Independence is our main goal and giving the students these tools will allow them to self regulate, request for sensory when needed and learn a vary of ways to meet their sensory needs with little to no (eventually) help from the teacher.
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