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Teacher Created Tennis Ball Chairs For Autistic Students With Sensory Issues

Diply 10 Feb 2017

All students are unique individuals. Everyone learns differently, which is why we need more ways to teach and explain so that everyone can understand. School can be uncomfortable, distracting, and overwhelming – especially for some more than others. One teacher from Illinois recognized this in her students with autism with sensory issues, so she came up with an idea to make their learning and school experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

Amy Maplethorpe is a first-year speech-language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School.

Raymond Ellis Elementary School | Raymond Ellis Elementary School

She got the idea to use a hot glue gun, tennis balls, modge podge, and paint to make a chair for her students with autism with sensory issues.

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“Tennis balls on the seat and backrest provide an alternative texture to improve sensory regulation,” Amy said in a Facebook post.

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“Students with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, etc. may benefit from this seating option.”

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Amy got the idea for the chairs (which will 15-20 students) after seeing something similar on Pinterest.

Raymond Ellis Elementary School | Raymond Ellis Elementary School

"I wanted to continue to address the various sensory needs present at Ellis and provide an alternative seating option for the students. I was excited that this chair could be beneficial for my students."

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Amy has already seen a difference in her students and says they have become more patient, follow directions and aren’t as restless.

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