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The goal is to provide our visually impaired students with alternative seating options to address their sensory needs and tactile sensory items to address their visual impairment in order to attend to financial literacy instruction. The chairs provide boundaries to allow the visually impaired student to know where his space is at his table or desk. These alternative seating options provide sensory input that allow a student to self-regulate his sensory input to increase his organization and attention during activities that require significant sitting and listening which is needed for financial instructional lesson or task. The tactile items are required as supplements to the lesson since the students are unable to rely on their primary sense which is vision.

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Money Sense

School:
Paul B. Stephens 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Darlene Guckenberger 
 
Cate Waller 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
PreK-12 
Date:
September 15, 2016

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Pinellas Education Foundation - $1,023.53

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Goal

The goal is to provide our visually impaired students with alternative seating options to address their sensory needs and tactile sensory items to address their visual impairment in order to attend to financial literacy instruction. The chairs provide boundaries to allow the visually impaired student to know where his space is at his table or desk. These alternative seating options provide sensory input that allow a student to self-regulate his sensory input to increase his organization and attention during activities that require significant sitting and listening which is needed for financial instructional lesson or task. The tactile items are required as supplements to the lesson since the students are unable to rely on their primary sense which is vision. 

 

What will be done with my students

The arm chairs will provide boundaries for the visually impaired students to know their space. This chair will also allow more stability when attempting to sit in or stand up from the chair. The container chairs will meet the needs of those visually impaired students who also have significant secondary sensory impairments. The container chairs allow the student to move while sitting in place to increase his attention to the lesson. Since our visually impaired students require additional supplements for their curriculum, the tactile and auditory systems are the primary sensory systems necessary assist the visually impaired student. The visually impaired students need to enhance their tactile skills; therefore their curriculum is supplemented by providing tactile sensory items to help compensate for their visual impairments. The tactile sensory items will be used to assist with real world applications of the financial literacy lessons. Voice doodle will be used with the visually impaired students to learn to focus on the teacher when discussing financial literacy lessons. The plasma clip can be worn by the staff member to identify where the visually impaired student should attend during money matters lessons. The vibrating items provide additional tactile sensory input for those students who need it. It helps to improve focus and attention when they are unable to rely on their vision to look at what is going on in the classroom. The tactile items also encourage coordinated use of both hands together without the use of eyesight. Since the visually impaired student relies more heavily on the remainder of his sensory systems, these items are crucial for the success of their curriculum. Allowing the visually impaired student to change his sitting position and access various tactile, auditory and vibrating sensory items increases calming, organization and attention to challenging instructional lessons such as financial literacy. 

 

Benefits to my students

Research has shown that visually impaired students are able to retain more information when they are allowed to learn through their other sensory systems, especially the tactile and auditory systems. When students are seated properly and have their sensory needs met, there is an increase in attention to task, desk work and calming. The goal is to incorporate alternate seating options and tactile sensory activities into the daily routine of the class to increase the visually impaired student’s ability to attend to daily financial literacy activities. 

 

Describe the Students

Our students are served within a special education center school. All of our students have a visual impairment and an intellectual disability. Our students have sensory integration disorders, physical disabilities, speech and language impairments, and fine/gross motor deficits. Our students are working on functional academic skills within a life skills curriculum in order to obtain more independent living skills. Financial literacy is an imperative skill for our students to acquire for them to live more independent lives in the community.
Our students have significant visual impairments and sensory integration deficits that need to be addressed during learning opportunities in order for them to receive the greatest benefit from the lesson.
 

 

Budget Narrative

The budget narrative includes alternative seating options, sensory items and associated shipping costs to allow visually impaired students sensory input throughout their daily financial literacy activities. The equipment is obtained from Achievement Products and is specially made to provide tactile sensory input to allow for calming and attention to task during instructional lessons. The container chairs which provide proprioceptive input are obtained from the container store. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 2 arm chairs $469.90
2 2 Ergo seats $211.86
3 Voice Doodler $39.95
4 Clip on plasma light $19.95
5 2 light up molecule balls $13.90
6 Tactile Desk Buddy Ruler $9.95
7 2 Figipods $23.98
8 2 DNA balls $15.90
9 2 bumpy sticks $29.90
10 interlocking sensory stones $29.95
11 memory foam vibration $42.95
12 squeeze rings $13.95
13 senso-dot balls $23.95
14 wikki stix $6.95
15 shipping $70.49
  Total: $1,023.53

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