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My goal is to create an ESE resource room that my 49 students will spend time in throughout their day that will be enable them to increase their sensory input, develop their central nervous system and brain, or just satisfy their strong need to fidget in order to help reach their full potential.

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School:
Cypress Woods Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Deanna Tsetsekas 
Students Impacted:
49 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
October 28, 2021

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Goal

My goal is to create an ESE resource room that my 49 students will spend time in throughout their day that will be enable them to increase their sensory input, develop their central nervous system and brain, or just satisfy their strong need to fidget in order to help reach their full potential. 

 

What will be done with my students

All students learn differently and need different things to learn. Some students need more movement than others and for some students with a sensory processing disorder or ADHD, being in motion allows their brains to be engaged. There is a neurological pathway that goes from your body's balance and movement system to your alert system in your brain. Movement allows for alertness and attention.
Running, jumping and twirling activities are very important for the development of children's central nervous systems, their brain, and their body. Researchers found that the ability to move around more while sitting made the students more attentive. They are always wiggling around because their sensory systems are still developing. The ball chairs can help. In response to the ball's instability and in order to remain balanced while sitting on one, the body instinctively engages core muscle groups. Constant movement is required in order to stay seated on the ball and that movement helps them focus.
Standing desks help children stay engaged in classroom activities. The sensory feedback activated by standing helps students access working memory and process information more efficiently. This effect is especially pronounced in students with learning differences like ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. Standing while learning will provide an avenue for learning different ways. Standing desks will increase focus and decrease the zoning out of students in class. Shifting weight alone increases mental processing and promotes learning.
I test all my students in small groups for all state and district assessments. Creating this new classroom will allow my students the best testing opportunities and environment to meet their needs.
 

 

Benefits to my students

When a student sits on a ball chair, they can direct their natural kinesthetic energy and need for movement in a positive way. The student on a ball chair can constantly move his body on the chair to maintain his balance. The ball chairs channel their physical energy in a positive way, allowing them to focus on their work more completely and reach their full potential as learners. The students feel less fidgety and more relaxed when they sit on a ball and, by their own assessment. Research found that student even stuttered less when he sat on the ball.

Standing activates sensory feedback and helps students access working memory and process information more efficiently. This effect is especially in children with learning differences like ADHD and autism. Standing desks help students stay engaged in classroom activities. Standing desks will decrease the Zone Out effect. Studies have shown that standing can increase student focus by up to 15%, leading to better understanding and improved test scores. Subtle movements, like standing, fidgeting, and shifting weight, support mental processing for these students. The Focus Desk promotes self-regulation for students who might become too disruptive as they seek sensory feedback.
 

 

Describe the Students

My students are in grades K-5 who require small group intense instruction to grasp concepts delivered in the general education classroom. Most of my students are in the lowest 25% in our school. They often have many exceptionalities that may include Gifted, ASD, SLD, or OHI and receive therapy from Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Speech/Language Therapist. They need repeated lessons, strategies and concepts in order to bridge the learning gap. They are the sweetest bunch of students who try so hard. 

 

Budget Narrative

This funding will allow me to buy the amount needed to service each group of students as they come in and out of my room. They will use these supplies when they are in their intense instruction groups. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Balance Ball Chair x10 $551.80
2 Standing Desk x 4 $399.96
  Total: $951.76

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