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Many of our students with varying disabilities as well as my general education students are kinesthetic learners and have sensory needs that are very difficult to meet within the traditional classroom. Our goal is to provide alternate seating options to provide additional opportunities for movement within the classroom without conflicting or distracting the learning of others.
Project SEATS: Seating for Engaging in Activities for Tactile Students aligns with some of our students’ individual social and emotional, independent functioning, and curriculum and learning IEP goals which includes but not limited to: increasing concentration and focus, decrease in disruptive and distracting behaviors, promoting social interactions, improving coordination and gross motor skills, while prompting cognitive development. Furthermore, we expect to see an increase in the students’ overall academic ability due to increased engagement with the classroom learning engagements.
Our students require more opportunities to meet their individual sensory needs by providing them with an effective and non-distracting outlet while at the same time to retain focused and engaged in the classroom activities.

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Project SEATS: Seating for Engaging in Activities for Tactile Students

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School:
Mildred Helms Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Katherine Hawley 
Students Impacted:
22 
Grade:
Date:
August 18, 2017

Investor

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Suncoast Credit Union - $510.00

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Goal

Many of our students with varying disabilities as well as my general education students are kinesthetic learners and have sensory needs that are very difficult to meet within the traditional classroom. Our goal is to provide alternate seating options to provide additional opportunities for movement within the classroom without conflicting or distracting the learning of others.
Project SEATS: Seating for Engaging in Activities for Tactile Students aligns with some of our students’ individual social and emotional, independent functioning, and curriculum and learning IEP goals which includes but not limited to: increasing concentration and focus, decrease in disruptive and distracting behaviors, promoting social interactions, improving coordination and gross motor skills, while prompting cognitive development. Furthermore, we expect to see an increase in the students’ overall academic ability due to increased engagement with the classroom learning engagements.
Our students require more opportunities to meet their individual sensory needs by providing them with an effective and non-distracting outlet while at the same time to retain focused and engaged in the classroom activities.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Project SEATS: Seating for Engaging in Activities for Tactile Students will allow our students to self-regulate their sensory out-put needs in order to be more actively engaged within the classroom. Project SEATS will provide some of our students with alternate seating options for the classroom, specifically by providing the option of utilizing stability ball seats. Stability ball seats can be an effective seating option for our students who need to release energy in order to retain their focus while staying in their seats. The self-regulatory seating options will help our students focus more on the task at hand.  

 

Benefits to my students

Research on brain-based learning and kinesthetic learning connects physical activity with academic learning. Project SEATS will connect classroom instruction and brain-based/kinesthetic learning to meet the individual learning preferences of our students.  

 

Describe the Students

Our students have a variety of disabilities, including but not limited to OHI, SLD, DD, ADHD, ADD, Cerebral Palsy, and Seizure Disorders. All of our students are served with the general education classrooms and may receive push-in inclusionary services and/or intensive pull-out instruction for math and/or reading that focuses on the individual needs of each student. Many of our students have sensory needs that are very difficult to meet within the traditional general education classroom and they require increased opportunities for movement without distracting or impeding the learning of the other students in the classroom.  

 

Budget Narrative

The budget will be spent entirely on exercise balance ball chairs 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 6- Fit Spirit Exercise Balance Ball Chairs $510.00
  Total: $510.00

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