Sensory Helpers For First Graders

BY Samantha Turcotte

Nantucket Elementary School

Project Description
I am looking to add sensory supports for the first grade class. Currently, I have introduced sensory tools to a handful of students. The two tools I am seeking are “cube chairs” and weighted lap pads.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Success looks like every student, no matter their disability, will be able to participate in the general education classroom the best way he or she can. The growth of inclusion time will be evidence of success and students’ confidence in themselves will grow.

Benefit to the students and the school
Cube chairs are flexible seating options for students who have difficulties sustaining attention during instruction. Lap pads provide a sensory experience of comfort for students that allow the boy or girl to be able to participate appropriately during classroom activities.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
As soon as I receive the supports I will be able to share the tools with the entire first grade. These supplies will last for years for our first grade team.