Effects on Sensory Output
We, the staff of the Autism Unit at West Whitesburg Elementary, propose to develop a sensory input room to address behavior issues among our students. Currently 50% of my students have discipline Issues. We project that this will decrease by 20%. Using an existing empty classroom we will install a solar LED light which soothes Autistic students. We will use existing sensory input equipment to outfit the room. Current employees will accompany students who need to visit the Sensory Input room. Many of our Autistic students lack the skills to calm themselves enough to focus on the task at hand. If at any point a student becomes disruptive they will be sent to this room to calm down so that they can return to class ready to learn. The lasting impact of this wlll be that students learn how to soothe themselves. This will Improve graduation rates by allowing the student to focus enough to master concepts. Our Teacher, Instructional Assistant, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapists are familiar with sensory input and will be able to assist students so that they get the most benefit from the Sensory Input room. This project will be evaluated by teacher observations, number of discipline referrals, as well as, the duration of disruptive behavior.