Walton Education Foundation

I would like to create a safe and calming space for our special needs students. This space will create an environment that children can retreat to when they are overwhelmed or need a break. In my time working with children who have special needs such as autism, Down’s syndrome, brain disorders and behavioral issues these students often need a quiet and safe space to be able to calm down and take a break. My goal is to create that space with sensory lights to help them focus on instead of what is causing them stress. This space would also have pod chairs and chairs that conform to them to help with controlling their movements.

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Sensory calming space

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School:
South Walton High School 
Subject:
Low Performing Students 
Teacher:
Angela Walton 
Students Impacted:
44 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 27, 2019

Investor

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $771.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 20

Our students would like to give everyone who helped us fund our sensory space and sensory items. This has made a tremendous impact on all of our students. The space isn't completed but we are almost there so we can send additional photos from n the future if you would like. This space created a quiet space for students to be able to collect themselves with out being a distraction to others. It has provided the tools needed to ge able to create activities that all students can work together on which promotes teamwork, collaboration and patience. Thank you so much for your help! 

Mrs Walton and The ESE department  

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

I would like to create a safe and calming space for our special needs students. This space will create an environment that children can retreat to when they are overwhelmed or need a break. In my time working with children who have special needs such as autism, Down’s syndrome, brain disorders and behavioral issues these students often need a quiet and safe space to be able to calm down and take a break. My goal is to create that space with sensory lights to help them focus on instead of what is causing them stress. This space would also have pod chairs and chairs that conform to them to help with controlling their movements. 

 

What will be done with my students

This will help my students be able to retreat to a safe space. The room will help the students calm down in a safe way with out causing distractions to other students. Sensory rooms are proven to help students become more successful by helping them learn ways to cope with stressors and challenges brought on by their disabilities.  

 

Benefits to my students

A sensory space will create a solution to help students learn calming techniques when they are feeling overwhelmed by sensory overload. This space will also provide a safe space to let students calm down when they feel that they can not control their behavior. I feel that this will be very beneficial to all students in our department by not only providing a safe space for the students in need but by also eliminating distractions in the classroom. Often these students can imitate each other’s stressors and behaviors and by giving them a space to go that is away from other students it provides a more productive environment 

 

Budget Narrative

These items will create a space with chairs, mats and special lighting.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Pod chair $148.00
2 Bean bag hugging chair $65.00
3 Sensory lamps $125.00
4 Sensory room tile floor mat $159.00
5 Wobble chair (2) $104.00
6 Sensory calming toys $120.00
7 Shipping $50.00
  Total: $771.00

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