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Ms. Salzmann
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 12 donors
  • $0 still needed

When My Body is Relaxed, My Mind Can Work

My students need deep pressure sensory items, such as a pea pod and heavy weighted blanket to help them concentrate and be calm.

My Students

Think about the last time you had a massage. Did you feel calmer and relaxed afterward? A massage is a session of deep touch pressure. The same principle works with children to help them calm down during tasks where they need to sit still, or at times when they become worked up, or have meltdowns.

My students are kindergarten through fifth grade students with a variety of learning needs who attend a public Montessori magnet school in an urban area in Pennsylvania.

They are learning how to identify their sensory needs and solutions that work for them.

My Project

The deep pressure provided by the pea pod and weighted blanket deliver the feeling of a firm hug, holding, swaddling, or massage to help individuals with anxiety and hyperactivity disorders increase focus and attention. Pressure can diminish anxiety symptoms such as tantrums, self-injury, and repetitive body movement behaviors. The pea pod and weighted blanket will help students relax and ease anxiety as well as improve social skills and communication. The items I am requesting will help my students maintain balance and body awareness in space.

Sometimes a hug is all you need!

Help my students receive the big hug they need through these deep pressure sensory materials. Sensory processing helps one make sense of the world around them. It impacts every aspect of our lives - relationships, communication, self-awareness, and safety. Your donation will make a difference in the every day lives of my students, allowing them to focus and calm them redirecting their energy into their school work.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Heavy Sleeper Weighted Sleeping Bag • Nasco $149.95 1 $149.95
PEA POD MEDIUM 60 IN • Abilitations, Inc. $85.49 1 $85.49

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This project will reach 20 students.

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