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To create an environment for my students with disabilities which will accommodate their need for movement, especially students with autism and those students diagnosed with ADHD.

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Autism-Meeting the Need for Movement

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School:
Dunedin High School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Lorena Grizzle 
Students Impacted:
14 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
June 4, 2019

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Only $681.10 Needed

 

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Goal

To create an environment for my students with disabilities which will accommodate their need for movement, especially students with autism and those students diagnosed with ADHD.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be able to access flexible seating in my classroom both at their work table and at the computer center. This will allow for the movement needed by some students as well as providing an outlet for self-stimulatory behavior.  

 

Benefits to my students

Using flexible seating will allow my students with autism to:
Self-calm
Reduce anxiety and stress
Have a supportive strategy for learning
Decrease the need for intervention
Improve posture and performance

From the Giam website, retrieved 6/4/19:
“... in 2003, a study was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy concluding that in students with ADHD, sitting on therapy balls improved behavior and legible word productivity. In other words, students using ball chairs were able to sit still, focus, and write more words clearly.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester seconded those findings in 2007 with a study on the benefits of chairless classroom. In the Mayo study, which focused on improving learning and reducing obesity by making children more active, researchers found that the ability to move around more while sitting made the students more attentive. Mayo Clinic communications consultant Bob Nellis told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune that he believes this is because kids are able to burn off excess energy by bouncing on a ball.”
 

 

Describe the Students

The Learning Strategies, Visual/Performing Arts and Transition Planning classes have students with a wide range of varying exceptionalities. In my classes are children with
developmental delays and physical disabilities which include Down Syndrome, Specific Learning Disability, ADHD, Other Health Impaired and Autism. Most of my students have accommodations on their Individual Education Plans for frequent breaks or movement, which can be met with the addition of the flexible seating in this request. Research has proven results to show increased student performance and productivity with flexible seating in the classroom.
 

 

Budget Narrative

The items requested will serve to equip my classroom with enough flexible seating for all students with a rotating seating system. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 4 Gaiam Balance Ball Chairs @ 69.98 $279.92
2 10 Stacking Chairs @ 27.38 $273.80
3 2 Rectangular Tables @ 63.69 $127.38
  Total: $681.10

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