Stress My Senses, Sense My Stresses

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  • My Class Needs Sensory tools to help them calm their snsory load and maximize their learning.

    Stress My Senses, Sense My Stresses Classroom Project at Copper Cliff Public School
    Launched March 21st, 2017 Project Deadline June 18th, 2017
    Classroom Size 8 Students School Size 195 Students

    My Students

    This is such an awesome group of learners!!! The 8 students in my class all have varying degrees of high-functioning autism – a condition they share with many remarkable and talented celebrities. My goal is to provide them with optimal supports to help them reach their true potential. These kids have accomplished so much but so much of what they do – actions that may seem simple for their neurotypical (“normal”) peers – require a tremendous amount of effort, preparation, and practice. They experience both oversensitivities and undersensitivities to factors in their environment, that require intervention to provide a sense of security that promotes mental and physical relaxation or heightens their awareness and improves their alertness. All of the factors work together to make them “ready to learn.” As the students in my class don’t fit the common perception of autism – children who don’t speak or flap their hands or obsess over spinning objects – there can be a tendency to underestimate their needs; in particular, their sensory sensitivities. With the help of a great team in our school, I have strived to build an atmosphere for learning that instills enough safety and security to allow a “gentle nudge” to move them beyond their comfort zone. They are making remarkable strides: the accompanying photo shows us, in all our Star Wars splendor, ready for this year’s school Christmas Concert where we performed “What Do You Get a Wookie for Christmas?” Star Wars is a favourite and in-depth interest of theirs. In previous years we’ve presented performances for hundreds of people, as Super Mario and Minecraft characters, incorporating the students’ interests into regular school activities. Additionally, our class has organized a Haunted House on Hallowe’en at our school, to help alleviate their fears about Hallowe’en; conducted mini-workshops to raise awareness of this condition amongst the other students in the school; gone downhill skiing for 3 years; experienced the French-Canadian delicacy, poutine; and are currently planning a “Raise the Flag” celebration at our school for World Autism Day. They’ve learned to be proud of their autism and focus on their own unique strengths! I invite you to support our need for sensory tools in our sensory areas, which we have dubbed our “re-energizing cabin” and our “decompression space.” Our team has created these spaces (see our before and after pics) and now we’re looking to stock them with the tools that will enrich my students’ learning experiences. As Robert F. Kennedy advised, “Every time a person stands up for an idea or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope …” Please be part of starting that tiny ripple.

    How will this project impact them?

    Developing these sensory areas in our classroom has the potential to make a significant impact on our students’ learning, their sensory well-being, and their happiness. The use of sensory “toys”, as such, has been shown to increase brain activity. Implementing a multi-sensory approach to learning facilitates a more manageable emotional response to interactions with an environment they often find unpredictable and stressful. Within the seclusion of each sensory area, our children with autism learn to use the tools in this proposal to provide as much stimulation as they can tolerate. The more they are exposed to a stimulus in a controlled environment where they are the conductor, the more they will be able to tolerate the stimulation. Thus, in the “outside” world, they become better prepared to receive a similar input as they have already rehearsed their reaction. We have endeavoured to include products to address a variety of sensory needs – visual, auditory, olfactory, oral, proprioception (balance), and tactile needs. Providing these tools, in itself, is not sufficient to fulfill our vision of creating a sensory sensitive environment but are critical to taking the next step towards this goal. Additionally, direct instruction will occur on how to recognize a sensory need, provide opportunities to experiment with tools and strategies, and self-assessment of each tool from an individual perspective. Sensory difficulties can make ordinary situations feel overwhelming which, in turn, can interfere with daily functioning and even contribute to isolating children and their families. These supports that we seek are a small step in creating a pathway for changing the brain through play. Even the smallest amount of sensory stimulation can enhance how a child absorbs information. Children with autism do not tend to benefit to any marked degree from traditional instruction. The challenge to educators is to find ways into their world and help build bridges between the world of autism and our “neurotypical” lives. Supporting our cause will contribute to supporting these children in way that promotes inclusion, independence, and self-determination. We engage in Autism Admiration Activities – looking at the accomplishments of people like to inventor of Pokemon, actress Daryl Hannah, film producer Steven Speilberg and perhaps even Einstein (according to rumours), as a means of inspiring this special group of students to take risks and strive for greatness. This is a hope shared by many teachers in all classrooms. Our “kids” just might need a few more tools other than motivation alone to shoot for the stars! We ask for your help in supporting them on their trek through life.

  • Where the $1085.91 goes

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    Woodland Pillows

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    Harmony Roller

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    3

    Manual Head Massager

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    $4.05 x 2 = $8.10
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    Mini Massager

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    5

    Tangle Jr Hairy Fidget Toy

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    $10.79 x 2 = $21.58
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    Theraway anti stress ball

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    $4.05 x 2 = $8.10
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    Turbino

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    $34.19 x 1 = $34.19
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    Light up Rail Twirler

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    $8.09 x 1 = $8.09
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    Green Gel Spiral

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    Gel Aquarium with fish

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    Crazy Aarons Thinking Putty Glow

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    $15.29 x 1 = $15.29
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    Classic Pin Art

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    Perplexus Epic

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    Crazy Aarons Thinking Putty Heat

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    Bumpy Gel Cushion

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    Light Up Gyro Wheel

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    Weighted Lap Pad

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    $51.95 x 1 = $51.95
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    Liquid Colour Timer

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    $9.89 x 1 = $9.89
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    Flashing Neutron Multisensory Ball

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    Fitball Reflex Roll

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    $18.95 x 1 = $18.95
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    Seating Disc 15 inches

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    $34.95 x 1 = $34.95
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    Senseez Blue Vibrating Pillow Square

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    $35.99 x 1 = $35.99
    23

    Chewigem Camo Chewing Tubes

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    $21.59 x 1 = $21.59
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    CatStax Puzzle

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    $20.69 x 1 = $20.69
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    The Gidget Widget Cube

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    Shipping & Handling $17.22
    Provincial and Federal Taxes $120.07
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $16.33
    Project cost excluding donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,025.77
    Optional donation to support myclassneeds.ca *** $60.14
    Project cost including donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,085.91
    15 donors -$1,085.94
    Still needed $0.00

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the physical costs of processing teacher and student thank-you letters and pictures, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

    ** Payment Processing Fee: An average of fees charged to MyClassNeeds for processing donations (e.g. credit card payments through a secure server). We have worked hard to select the most secure option for the cost.

    *** Optional Donation: An optional donation to support MyClassNeeds which is calculated at 15% of the project’s price tag. The optional contribution supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. To do that we need a world- class website supported by strong business systems and processes that improve over time.


    Disclaimer: MyClassNeeds (MCN ) is the charitable affiliate of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC). MCN and CSC do not endorse or promote any particular supplier, product, or service requested by the teachers through our online crowdfunding platform. MCN assesses every project to ensure that the requested resources represent the most economical and impactful approach to enriching students’ learning experience.

    MCN will contact the school administrator associated with the specific project and ensure that the administrator has given approval to the project to go ahead and that the resources requested meet the fundraising guidelines within their province, board or district and school.

    MCN will seek competitive prices from various suppliers to ensure the best possible price for the materials and services. Where available, MCN may (at our discretion) suggest lower-cost alternatives that may accomplish the same project goals. Our suggestion of an alternate option is not an endorsement by either MCN or CSC of the supplier, product or service and the final decision on the choice of resource is made by the teacher(s) themselves.

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by Ms. Blais

I have been teaching for 28 years in British Columbia and Ontario and still loving it!! Currently I have a classroom of 8 remarkable students who make every day a pleasure. My students have high functioning autism and challenge me to understand their world, to try and help them navigate...

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