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Ms. Thomas from Tempe AZ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need to Move It, Move It... Movement!

My students need sensory, movement and play with the use of sports equipment and sensory objects, especially the trampoline to relieve anxiety and to help them refocus throughout the day.

  • $632 goal

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My Students

My students are wonderful individuals who receive special education services in a self-contained classroom. They try hard to access curriculum that focuses on building their adaptive, social/emotional, & overall academic skills. My kids need tremendous support when completing tasks with consistent & precise feedback, praise, & movement. They are able to learn new concepts with accommodations such as hands-on tools, brain-breaks, 1:1 help, & small groups with many opportunities for transitions.

My kids are often surprised with themselves when they grasp a concept that was initially difficult.

Sometimes, they may think it would be easier to quit but the use of a physical learning environment helps them refocus. They frequently utilize a wiggle chair, yoga ball, cushion on chair, or stand during small groups so their body has freedom for movement. Their brain breaks include physical movement of yoga movements or dancing via Go Noodle.

Their academic struggles has left them frustrated with learning that they sometimes begin to dislike school. Our classroom has offered them a different approach to learning & consequently has changed their demeanor toward learning. Our parents have shared that their child truly enjoys attending school & looks forward to seeing their wonderful teachers!

My Project

The materials requested would tremendously help my kids who have varying disabilities. Having these items for a sensory area in our classroom will encourage social interaction by working on communication & cooperation skills, satisfy visual and tactile sensory, improve mood and behavior, and help with overall use of movement (balance & body strength).

The Sensory Fidget Toys, the Mini Rainmaker, the Kooshball & Tangles, and the JellyBeadz will target tactile sensory stimulation for improved attention skills and deter them from engaging in negative behaviors.

The LED Calming Sensory Light will target visual sensory stimulation and improve the mood for our kids with emotional disability. The Foam Roller, Twisting Fitness Boards, Trampoline and Balance Ball will help our kids balance their own body weight and help them develop fitness awareness. Cooperation or social interaction will advance with the use of the Champion Physical Education pack as they play team sports. Additionally, communication skills may improve as they verbally share their experiences with these activities and build meaningful relationships. A majority of my kids also have speech language impairment.

According to Baranek, integration of sensory integration activities are meant to help the nervous system modulate, organize, and integrate information from the environment, resulting in future adaptive responses. Thus, our kids can transfer these processes to their academics as they can readily refocus and process new concepts fluidly.

Ms. Thomas
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 11 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Champion PGSTUFF Homeroom Physical Education Pack, 17.9" Height, 26.2" Width, 10" Length • Amazon Business $120.97 1 $120.97
Balance Board Sportneer Wobble Balance Training Workout Exercise Board With 4 Resistant Bands, For Fitness, Toning, Strengthening and Weight Loss • Amazon Business $26.99 2 $53.98
Safe KIDS TRAMPOLINE Portable & Foldable - 36 Inch. Durable Construction with Padded Frame Cover and Handle Bar - Red • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Sensory massage pods(Softer version) for foot pain ,motor skills reflexology ,processing disorders and balance training.- New 2017 • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Grey, 52cm • Amazon Business $19.98 2 $39.96
Sensory Toy Package by Vital Toys/4-Pack Autism Toys/Includes 2 Liquid Motion Timer & 2 DNA Balls/Sensory Toys for Autistic Children/Sensory Balls for Kids and Adults/ Ideal Classroom Toys. • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
22 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set Liquid Motion Timer/Fidget Cube/Flippy Chain/Stretchy String/Twisted/Squeeze-a-Bean Soybeans/Slime/Mesh & Marble for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief Adult Kids • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Edushape See-Me Sensory Ball, 7 Inch, Colors May Vary • Amazon Business $10.06 2 $20.12
JellyBeadZ Brand - Kids Tactile Sensory Experience - 3 Color-Blue-Water Bead Gel 3 - 10 Gram Packs. BeadZ Only • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Get Out! Plastic Scooter Board in Green, Wide Handles, 12" x 12" Inches - Gym Class Manual Scooter Board for Kids • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
LuxFit Extra Firm Speckled Foam Roller with Online Instructional Video (Blue, 18-Inch) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
LED Calming Autism Sensory Light Projector Toy Relax Blue Night Music Projection • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Halilit HL400 Rainbomaker, 16 Inch • Amazon Business $12.02 1 $12.02
Homder 12 Pack Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toys Helps Reduce Fidgeting Due to Stress and Anxiety for ADD, ADHD, Autism(6 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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