There are individuals with autism. There are family members who support those individuals. And there is that essential larger community of support – the many people devoted to enhancing the lives of people with autism.
Now is a good time for all of us, with or without autism, to focus on the faces of these extraordinary people.
Children with autism often have difficulty maintaining focus.
This can result in students not understanding or remembering what is being taught. This, in turn, makes it difficult for students to complete assignments and prepare for tests, often leading to feelings of failure and low self-esteem.
Linden Grove School (LGS) staff members continuously work to identify and maintain the best learning environment for each individual student. Each classroom includes sensory tools and equipment, such as active seating options like exercise balls and wobble stools to provide the constant motion some children with autism need to be more attentive. Other students benefit from foot and finger fidgets, or even exercise bands tied around the legs of a chair.
Each new student often requires new equipment and supplies to help them maximize their learning potential. But as LGS continues to grow, so does the impact of the cost of these items on the school’s annual budget.
Support a student.
Your contribution will ensure each student has the classroom equipment and supplies that can help them maintain focus – and learn.
Costs range from $100 for a wobble stool, to $50 for fidget spinners for a class, to $25 for exercise bands for a classroom of chairs.
Children with autism often struggle with fine and gross motor skills.
A student’s difficulty using scissors or writing with a pencil can make school projects difficult, leading to feelings of frustration.
The inability to enter into a simple game of catch or climbing on playground equipment can make it difficult for students to interact with other kids – and to make friends.
Linden Grove School (LGS) students meet with an occupational therapist each week during the school day. In addition, therapists lead or participate in classroom activities – this enables therapists to address needs as they arise, and therapists and teachers to work collaboratively on helping students fully participate in school activities.
Support a student.
Your contribution will ensure LGS students continue to receive the added benefit of including therapists in classroom activities.
The inclusion of occupational therapists into classroom activities costs LGS nearly $100 a week.
The inclusion of speech therapists into classroom activities costs LGS nearly $500 a week.