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Students will: develop/improve their social skills, develop/expand their vocabulary & language skills, develop/enhance their creativity, develop a greater understanding of self and their world, develop problem solving skills, cooperate with peers, develop planning skills, develop classification skills, apply prior knowledge to new situations (generalize), develop positive self-image, improve eye-hand coordination, and improve fine motor skills. My personal goal as their teacher is to have the hands on activities that we need.

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Suncoast - Excite - Engage - Learn - Generalize - Retain

School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Rita Petrino 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
Pre-K 
Date:
October 14, 2019

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Suncoast Credit Union - $500.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 11

The positive outcomes that resulted from the items purchased through this grant were as good and often better than I expected.  If you remember, my class is made up of 3 to 5 year olds who are on the autism spectrum.  The make-up of the class differs each year, and this year, the majority of my class is non-verbal and functioning at 18 to 24 months in most areas.

 

Children who rarely if ever visited the sensory table enjoyed the new tools very much.  They found the tongs and scoops to be very fun while I watched their fine motor skills improve.  And even better, children who mostly played off by themselves were practically forced to play next to each other.  This offered myself and other staff opportunities to teach them how to share and take turns - very important for all children but often nearly impossible for children on the spectrum to understand.  

 

The additional riding toys helped with their gross motor skills in addition to learning new vocabulary (stop, go, my turn, etc) without conflicts because we had enough toys.  

 

We don't typically see our kids dressing up and playing in the dramatic play area but they really enjoyed the new outfits, some of them going to those items first.  They were also learning the roles of the people the outfits represented, Construction Worker, Doctor, etc.

 

Personally I was most excited about the pocket chart and light coverings.  The pocket chart made it a lot easier to help them sort all kinds, of things; pictures of things you cut with/things you write with; things you sit on, things you ride in, etc.  As well as position words, "put the picture next to, under, etc.  And they really enjoyed putting the pictures in the slots (also helping their fine motor skills). The light coverings are amazing!  Sounds and sights can often become quite overwhelming for our kids.  But a flick of a switch, turning on only the lights with the blue coverings on, could calm the whole room down.

 

I think the greatest impact was the increased participation by most students because of having enough items and also being new.  With what we had with the new, we could rotate items out each week, making it seem like new and inviting more participation.

 

Our class greatly benefited from all the purchases this grant allowed us to make.

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Playing next to and/or together.

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Developing fine motor skills.

 

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Role playing and increasing vocabulary.

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One of the first times student chose the sensory t

 

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Riding toys for gross motor skills.

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Making the environment more comfortable and conduc

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Students will: develop/improve their social skills, develop/expand their vocabulary & language skills, develop/enhance their creativity, develop a greater understanding of self and their world, develop problem solving skills, cooperate with peers, develop planning skills, develop classification skills, apply prior knowledge to new situations (generalize), develop positive self-image, improve eye-hand coordination, and improve fine motor skills. My personal goal as their teacher is to have the hands on activities that we need. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will have daily opportunities to "play" in the dramatic play, math, science, literacy, and construction centers under the direct supervision of the teacher and assistants. Teaching social skills and communication skills are the priority in this classroom. They are kids first and need all the same opportunities to learn as typically developing children. Different choices of activities in all the centers where they need to share and can pretend, discover, and explore different and yet similar activities in different situations will help them learn about roles we play in life and how life relates to us. While in the centers, staff is observing skills children have and the absence of those they need to learn. The staff assist them in learning problem solving skills in many different situations as they come up. Later, in different areas (cafe, classroom, PE, etc.), children can be reminded of the problem-solving skill they learned in a center (they can better relate if it's something they've experienced) and apply the knowledge to the new situation. All the while they are playing in these centers, staff describe, label, and model, to help children learn new vocabulary. 

 

Benefits to my students

The most important outcomes kids on the spectrum can learn in center activities are improved social skills, developing language skills and vocabulary, and problem-solving skills. Many opportunities for conflict arise while children play, and with proper supervision and guidance, children learn to "fix" their own problems - skills that will benefit them and teachers for their whole time in school. Teachers benefit by being able to spend more time teaching in small groups or one-on-one rather than to constantly being available to "fix" problems the children encounter. Students benefit by experiencing self-confidence in being able to resolve conflicts, peaceably, when there are no adults around.

Having a variety of hands on activities to teach same or similar skills will help the children generalize easier in other situations (home, church, public places). This is very difficult for kids on the spectrum, so learning lots of situations that are similar helps.

While in the all the centers they are being wired to be successful in math, science, and literature to continue learning in the grades ahead. And of course, getting along with others is important for all children. 

 

Describe the Students

This is a self-contained classroom of 3 to 5-year-old children on the autism spectrum. Their range of functioning is at about 1½ years old to 5+ years old. Some are verbal, some are not - yet. Some are very low functioning and some are higher, and in my class, my expectations are the highest for all of them. I came into this classroom supplied with bits and pieces of all kinds of things. We just don't have enough math manipulatives, science equipment, or hands-on activities that these kids need so badly to learn and achieve what is possible for them. The school does have some riding toys to help develop gross motor skills, but my kids have such low muscle tone (as is typical) that they are way too difficult for them to handle and learn from. I have a specific reason for each item chosen and would be happy to provide it. I just don't see where to add it in this request. Thanks so much! 

 

Budget Narrative

I understand this is a large amount and some items may seem unnecessary. I recently pulled everything out of the closets to see what we had and was hoping to find more than I did.

I assure you every item has at least one skill outcome in mind - most have more than one - all will assist us to help them develop vocabulary and social skills. Almost all the items can be used in several different centers for different reasons/activities and in large group activities. I chose good quality items that should last nearly forever if taken care of properly.

Most of the items I found on Amazon for the best prices - some prices could change.

I respectfully submit this grant request! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Jumbo Tweezers $12.99
2 Twisty Droppers $13.49
3 Melissa & Doug Construction Worker Role Play Costume Set $24.99
4 Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Set $23.88
5 Kid K'nex $20.34
6 Handy Scoopers $12.97
7 Jumbo Magnifiers $27.99
8 Sand & Water Fine Motor Set $14.99
9 Primary Science Lab Activity $23.94
10 Color Mixing Lenses $9.59
11 Little Tykes Push & Ride Racer $24.99
12 Step 2 Ride on Motorcycle $36.46
13 Playskool Sit 'n Spin $29.99
14 Little Tykes Cozy Coup $48.02
15 Exercise and Play Cardboard Building Blocks $29.99
16 Florescent Light Covers (Sensory Issues) $34.97
17 2 and 4 Column Double Sided Pocket Chart (for sorting picture cards) $34.23
18 Social Skills Matter (Curriculum) $27.99
19 Jumbo Forest Animals $21.67
20 Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set $24.95
  Total: $500.00

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