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Mrs. Martie from Bevier MO is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Wildcat Calm

Help me give my students a peaceful and calming sensory room loaded with sensory activities and textures that help them slow their body down and regain control of their emotions.

  • $424 goal

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My Students

I am a Title 1 Reading Specialist and in-district autism consultant at a small rural school of approx. 200 students in Missouri. We currently have 7 students in our elementary that are on the autism spectrum.

For the last six years we have enrolled 1-2 students with autism per school year.

Their behaviors range in severity. We have seen tremendous progress over the years through teacher/para training, OT, Speech, and other interventions and ABA type instruction.

I love my work as a teacher, but I especially enjoy the time I spend working as our IDAC (in-district autism consultant). These kids come to school, some of them completely overwhelmed and unable to communicate or function. It gives me such pride to watch their growth as they learn to use their words appropriately and learn how to calm themselves and gain control over their environment.

My Project

If you've ever met one child with autism, then you've met one child with autism. No two children on the spectrum are alike!

Our students range from almost completely non verbal to extremely high functioning.

Some of them crave calming items such as weighted blankets, special seating to rock in, and noise blocking headphones. Others need more stimulating activities such as manipulatives with interesting textures and colors.

Right now, we have a limited number of items available in our sensory room. As a small rural school we are on a very tight budget. The state recently removed all of our funding for over half of our students receiving speech therapy, many of whom are on the spectrum. Teachers are asked more and more to provide items for school out of their own "pockets."

Help me create the perfect space that meets the needs of our growing family of students on the spectrum!

Mrs. Martie
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teknetics Metal Detector Headphones • DICK'S Sporting Goods $39.99 2 $79.98
AA480 - Washable Tactile Pillows • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
LC511BU - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 3 $50.97
Kelty Bestie Blanket • DICK'S Sporting Goods $20.99 2 $41.98
RE322 - Lakeshore Sensory Ball Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
VS318 - Clean Sand - 25-Lb. Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.99 1 $22.99
PP504 - Gel-Bead Sensory Shapes - Set of 8 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
TS281 - Easy-Squeeze Scissors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.79 5 $13.95

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