I am a Special Education Teacher that is looking for financial assistance. I want to be able to buy items for my students that they need to succeed. I do not get much support from the school or the government. I get paid just enough to be able to pay rent and bills, that I can not give my students academic and sensory items that they need.
My students are all non-verbal and have autism. My students need chewies and edible reinforcements. Most of my students work best when they have an edible reinforcement being offered. Chewies help my kiddos that have the constant need to have something in their mouth stay focused. They need pressure on their teeth to help them stay focused. They also have a constant need to eat anything and everything, even items that are not edible.
They need physical items for being able to learn and grow. We work a lot on life skills and being able to live on their own. I want to be able to supply items for my students to be able to cook, act like they are shopping, and so much more. They work really well with hands on items. Items that they can touch and feel the difference between. Getting them to play matching games, do puzzles or any kind of games is important. It allows them to learn to take turns and wait. My students struggle with waiting their turn. Matching games helps their memory and being able to remember where different items were located. Puzzles make them think about how things connect and seeing how they match up and make a picture.
My students deserve the best, and need the best to be able to grow and succeed. I feel bad not being able to provide that for them. I feel as though I am letting my students down. I want my students to succeed, I just need help being able to do so. Colorado is pretty low on the list for beginning teacher salaries. A lot of people have left the students I am with, because they did not get paid a lot. I do not want to leave my students, I want to stay with them. They need a consistent teacher in their life, one that knows them so that they do not see new faces every year and have to start trusting someone new.
I am look for around $3,000 to be able to get all of the items I need for my students.