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The goal of this grant is to provide the school's Autism students with an opportunity to attend a field trip aligning with the unique sensory needs of children on the spectrum to allow them the opportunity to fulfill these needs in a safe environment while also incorporating the use of various therapy and social skills in a real life setting.

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Rocking Out on the Spectrum!

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School:
Safety Harbor Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Susan Happel 
 
Jennifer Hall, Deborah McVeigh, January Caggiano 
Students Impacted:
37 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
February 2, 2018

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Linda Happel - $300.00

Gary and Jeanne McDonald - $50.00

Sara Geoghegan - $50.00

Marie Marcincavage - $100.00

Raymond James - $45.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to provide the school's Autism students with an opportunity to attend a field trip aligning with the unique sensory needs of children on the spectrum to allow them the opportunity to fulfill these needs in a safe environment while also incorporating the use of various therapy and social skills in a real life setting.  

 

What will be done with my students

The kids from all three Autism units (Pre-K to 5th grade) will attend a field trip to a local venue that will allow them to perform social skills that they have been learning. They will also incorporate several therapy categories such as occupational, mobility and vision. The students will have the opportunity to interact with hands on learning activities and experiences within the local venue.  

 

Benefits to my students

The children will receive specific sensory aids designed for children with multiple sensory needs. It is important for Autistic students to learn how to manage behaviors and use social skills in real world settings in order to help them value the importance of what they learn in their therapy sessions. It also provides them with a different and unfamiliar environment to practice and adapt these skills as needed. The students will also be able to interact with other students that they don't normally have the opportunity to see throughout the school day. This would also help develop social skills within a real life setting. This will also provide therapists with an opportunity to provide extended support outside of the already too familiar school environment.  

 

Describe the Students

The students range in grades Pre-K through 5th grade. They have various levels of sensory needs from sound to tactile input. Some of the students are non-verbal and rely on picture exchange cards for communicating wants and needs. Other students are able to be mainstreamed in general education classes alongside their peers. Many of the students require multiple therapies throughout the school week for physical and cognitive development. They rely on the support of associates to assist them in doing daily living skills and routines as well as assisting with positive behavior strategies across multiple situations.  

 

Budget Narrative

The cost of this grant is going to cover the $300 fee for tickets or admission to an approved field trip venue. The budget will also cover the cost of transportation provided by the school district for a district bus at $245.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Community venue group rate/ticket admission $300.00
2 District Bus for Transportation $245.00
  Total: $545.00

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