Flexible Seat for Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Children Alike
School: Doherty Elementary School
It is estimated that neurodivergent individuals (Autistic, ADHD, etc.) make up about 15-20% of the population. Many of those individuals are undiagnosed at younger ages such as my kindergarten students. Neurodivergence can lead to many strengths but can also cause students a great deal of struggle as they attempt to perform classroom expectations with a brain that operates differently. I accommodate my students by offering different seating and working options in a classroom. However, I do not have many options for sitting during whole group instruction. I have two wobble cushions and one weighted blanket for my highest needs kids, but I have others who are either neurodivergent, or are neurotypical but would still learn better seated on a wobble cushion. I want to bring my students an opportunity for equitable access to the curriculum by offering more wiggle cushions and weighted blankets to all of my students.