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This project seeks to enhance the learning capabilities of San Jose Elementary School students in grades Pre-K through 5 who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. San Jose Elementary School, located in Dunedin, proposes converting two small hallways, approximately 10’ by 10’ each, that connect between two classrooms into a calming sensory areas for ASD students who become overstimulated by the classroom environment.
The sensory areas will be painted in calming colors and equipped with relaxing bean bag chairs, soft music, and sensory boards for students to touch and feel on the wall. All labor for this project will be donated.

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Seeking Sensory Soothers!

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School:
San Jose Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Jennifer Lumm 
 
Patti Blackburn, Angie Correll, Rachel Molina 
Students Impacted:
32 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
September 16, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Aunt Margo - $50.00

Jen Porter - $50.00

Margaret Chize - $50.00

Suncoast Credit Union - $500.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $424.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 36

Sensory soothers for our students has been a hit thanks to our donors!  Our 6 special needs classrooms at San Jose Elementary school have been outfitted with so many sensory options for students to choose from when they are upset or overwhelmed.  Students with autism and related disorders often times go into "meltdown mode" when they cannot communicate or when they become stressed by extranious stimuli.  Having a wide range of self regulation fidget toys and sensory sand tubs in our classrooms gives our students a chance to calm down quickly without having to leave the learning environment.  The less time the students are out of the classroom the more time they have to focus on learning.  

Thank you so much for giving our students this opportunity! 

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

This project seeks to enhance the learning capabilities of San Jose Elementary School students in grades Pre-K through 5 who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. San Jose Elementary School, located in Dunedin, proposes converting two small hallways, approximately 10’ by 10’ each, that connect between two classrooms into a calming sensory areas for ASD students who become overstimulated by the classroom environment.
The sensory areas will be painted in calming colors and equipped with relaxing bean bag chairs, soft music, and sensory boards for students to touch and feel on the wall. All labor for this project will be donated.

 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be taught to use the items in the sensory room to help relax themselves in times of sensory overload. They can sink into beanbag chairs, watch the colored lights inside a bubble tube, listen to soothing music or feel the touch panels on the wall. Students would then return to the learning activity in the classroom as soon as possible so that instructional time is not lost.  

 

Benefits to my students

Many children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. These students frequently experience sensory overload, which can cause stress and interfere with learning. The quiet ASD sensory areas will offer students a variety of soothing sensory experiences to choose from while they regroup before rejoining classroom activities more prepared to learn. Due to the fact that every child on the Autism Spectrum uses different modes to calm themselves we want to make this as fully encompassing as possible by offering multiple soothing techniques. 

 

Describe the Students

San Jose has four self-contained Exceptional Student Education classes which serve students on the Autism Spectrum in grades Pre K-5. Our students range in abilities from low functioning to semi-independent. Most of our kids are either non-verbal or have delayed emerging language skills. Some have to be assisted hand over hand for daily activities like feeding, toileting, writing and cutting. ALL of our students deal with a sensory processing disorder that makes dealing with their environment a challenge. Our goal is to help our students calm down quickly and return to their learning activities so that time on task is maximized.
 

 

Budget Narrative

This budget covers items needed for the two small sensory rooms. Support for larger budget items is being sought from civil organizations in Dunedin.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 two non breakable wall mirrors $282.00
2 four bean bag chairs $216.00
3 two sensory gel aquariums $96.00
4 two pathfinder wall activity panels $260.00
5 two hide-away tents $160.00
6 two blue tooth speakers with cascading lights $60.00
  Total: $1,074.00

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