My students need a large beanbag chair for our sensory integration and therapy room.
Busy hands, busy feet, busy mind. That describes my class perfectly. My students have special needs, so we do things a little differently at times. Instruction is very hands-on, multisensory and student-centered. Every day is an adventure as we all learn from one another and grow together.
My students are 5-8 years old and have multiple disabilities, such as autism and Down Syndrome.
They each have a unique combination of cognitive, social/emotional and physical strengths and challenges. Some experience behavior difficulties due to sensory integration issues. We work on everything from feeding to reading. My students are extremely determined and usually make their very best effort to do whatever task they are given. They are incredibly proud to accomplish a new task or skill. They love coming to school and are excited about practically everything. My self-contained class is one of five special needs classes on campus. I currently have 5 students, but my enrollment generally increases by at least 2-3 students during the school year. I have one teacher assistant for the upcoming school year. Our school is a K-2 school with an enrollment of approximately 1000 students. We are located in a small town surrounded by rural areas just outside of a larger city.
The beanbag from this project will be placed in our school's sensory integration room, which includes materials and equipment that provide a variety of sensory feedback for students having sensory integration difficulties. Some of the equipment includes a swing, mini-trampoline, roller ramp, bubble tube, tactile boards and sand/water tables. Students come to the room on a schedule to participate in sensory activities, as well as for physical and occupational therapy. These experiences significantly improve the ability of students to focus and perform in the classroom. Students may also come to the room as a "break" when they are experiencing sensory overload in the classroom or other part of the school environment. Students are learning to regulate their own behaviors through individualized calming strategies, such as music, deep breathing, etc. The large beanbag will be available as a quiet and cozy spot for students to regroup whenever necessary.
Most of my students, and many other students at my school, have sensory integration issues, which often lead to inattentiveness, negative behaviors and even meltdowns.
Spending time in a quiet, comfortable spot usually allows those students to regain their composure and focus. They can then return to the classroom better able to participate in classroom activities and instruction. This project will provide students with a cozy chair that will feel like a much needed hug.
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|Cozy Sack 5-Feet Bean Bag Chair, Large, Earth • Amazon||$250.81||1||$250.81|
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