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Mrs. Urban from Rochester NY is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Soothing Sensory Space for ASD Students

Help me give my students comfortable bean bag chairs to calm their bodies after they are feeling anxious.

  • $293 goal

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My Students

My middle school students have high functioning Autism. They are very intelligent, eager to learn, and an absolute joy to teach. While many of them can produce close to grade level work, they have a hard time with social interactions and reading natural social cues. In addition, they have high anxiety levels which compounds their academic and social issues. A smaller self-contained classroom helps them cope with their anxiety, practice social skills, and learn in an environment without a lot of distractions. They thrive on rituals and routines.

My students rely on a small space in our classroom when they need time away from the class to calm down or cool off.

Even in a smaller classroom setting, my students still get overwhelmed easily. The smallest change (such as a substitute bus driver or a different item for breakfast) or disruption to their normal routine can cause a large amount of anxiety. When their anxiety gets too much for them to handle, they can go into the calming corner until they are ready to rejoin the class. The materials such as a bean bag chair, hand weights, fidgets, calming bottles will help them regain composure.

My Project

The resources I chose for my project will help my students when their anxiety becomes too much for them to handle. The sensory sand will give them a calming feeling, and they can begin to relax as they rake the sand. The blankets and the bean bag chairs will make the space seem cozy, and they will take away from any negative stigma about using the calming corner. The koosh balls can be tossed up and down in a calming manner. The calming bottles will provide a visual for them to look at while in the space.

My students will be able to spend more time learning because these resources will help reduce their anxiety.

The choices in the calming center will promote self-calming instead of fleeing the classroom to escape an over stimulating situation.

Mrs. Urban
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mushy Smush Beanbag Chair • AKJ Education $56.69 2 $113.38
Sensory Sand Kit (Green, 4 Pound) • Amazon Business $20.25 1 $20.25
Neliblu Sensory Toy For Relaxation - ADHD Fidget Toys - Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer - Toy for Sensory Play, Calming Toy, (1 Piece) Assorted Colors By • Amazon Business $8.97 2 $17.94
AmazonBasics Neoprene Dumbbells 5-Pound, Set of 2, Green • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Bedsure Flannel Fleece Luxury Blanket Grey Throw Lightweight Cozy Plush Microfiber Solid Blanket • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Hibery 5 Pack Monkey Stringy Balls, Soft Active Fun Toy, Sensory Fidgets Toys Rainbow Pom Colorful Bouncy Stress Toy • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety| Promotes Focus and Clarity | Children, Youth, Adults Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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