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My goal is to have a classroom full of happy students that are learning, no matter what their disability may be. Fidgets toys are great self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening. A ball chair is a big fidget that not only aids in the child ability to stay on task and have learning gains, it is great for their posture. Healthy and happy children want to come to school. Sitting in the ball chairs they can fidget without disrupting others an pay attention. So now they are happy, healthy and learning in my classroom.

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Let My Students Fidget and Learn

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School:
Joseph L. Carwise Middle School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Julie Giese 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 1, 2015

Investor

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Bright House Networks - $1,400.00

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Goal

My goal is to have a classroom full of happy students that are learning, no matter what their disability may be. Fidgets toys are great self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening. A ball chair is a big fidget that not only aids in the child ability to stay on task and have learning gains, it is great for their posture. Healthy and happy children want to come to school. Sitting in the ball chairs they can fidget without disrupting others an pay attention. So now they are happy, healthy and learning in my classroom. 

 

What will be done with my students

Each student will be provided a ball chair to use in the classroom, instead of the traditional classroom chair. The option to not use either will be available. 

 

Benefits to my students

A study published in the October 2003 issue of the "American Journal of Occupational Therapy" found that students with attention challenges, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (or just a strong need to fidget to reach their full potential in the classroom), tended to focus better when using stability balls instead of chairs. The study revealed that students behaved better and that language skills improved.

Fidgeting helps children with ADHD and sensory difficulties concentrate, and just a little movement on the stability balls can meet their demands for expelling excess energy. This is important in a self contained classroom like mine.

In the classroom these chairs can allow my students a way to fidget without disrupting their peers, improve their attention thus increasing their learning. Increased learning results in better grade and happier students. 

 

Describe the Students

First, my students are all wonderful. They help me grow as a person everyday. They are caring individuals.

All my students are ESE and intellectually disabled. They receive their instruction in a self contained classroom. Along with their learning disability they often have additional disabilities such as autism, speech/language impairment, physically impaired, blind, deaf...

My students and others like them deserve whatever edge they can get to achieve their goals. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each chair cost $80.00. I would love to buy a chair for every student in my class, but will purchase one at a time with funds as they are raised. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 18 Ball Chairs $1,400.00
  Total: $1,400.00

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