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The goal of this project is to increase instructional time, student focus on lessons, and overall learning.

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I'm in Overload!!- Sensory Items for ASD Students

Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Special Needs Students 
Bethany Bingham 
Behavior Specialists 
Students Impacted:
September 29, 2017

0% Funded



Only $500.00 Needed




The goal of this project is to increase instructional time, student focus on lessons, and overall learning.  


What will be done with my students

Students will be provided with items which fulfill their ongoing need for sensory input throughout the day. Examples include the following: fidgets, ambient lighting, and footstraps for student chairs. Items will be accessible to students throughout the day and students will be encouraged to use these items when student displays sensory-driven, unwanted behaviors.  


Benefits to my students

The overall benefit of these materials will be increased learning gains. This will happen through increased focus on the lesson at hand, therefore increasing instructional time. Students will not only have higher learning gains, but also be more comfortable in the academic setting. Behaviors caused by sensory disorders will decrease and students will spend more time on learning than correcting behaviors. 


Describe the Students

We are a Title 1 Center School for students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders. Our school is in a High Poverty area and receive free breakfast and lunch; many students are in group homes or foster care. My classroom consists of students who are additionally identified as having Sensory Behavior Disorders (such as Autism), Intellectual Delays (IQ below 70), and/or other mental illnesses. My students are low performers resulting from their disabilities and require more intensive and hands-on instruction in order to progress academically.



Budget Narrative

• Ambient lighting items are needed in order to provide a calm, quiet setting for my students. Fluorescent lighting can cause agitation, headaches, and even seizures in students that have light sensitivity. These items are needed in order to light the classroom in alternate ways.
• Various hand fidgets such as cubes, texture balls, stretchy items, stress balls, etc. assist with students that are easily distracted during large group instruction times. These items allow them to increase their focus on the lesson by allowing for sensory input during instruction.
• Chair Straps are needed so that students may move and fulfill gross motor input needs while allowing for students to stay seated and attend to the lesson.




# Item Cost
1 Various Hand Fidgets $150.00
2 Chairstraps $150.00
3 Ambient Lighting & Filters $200.00
  Total: $500.00

0% Funded



Only $500.00 Needed



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