Tools for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Posted by Marietremblay3 on November 7, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Mrs. Calvani   Ditson School   Billerica MA


The students enter our classroom and choose the seat of their choice based on their comfort level. I have enough stability balls and gaming chairs for each of my students. During class meetings, accountable talk or instructional time, the class and I meet on the rug. The kids are either sitting on or kneeling behind a stability ball, sitting in the gaming chair or propping the large beanbag up and using it as a chair. During independent work or small group work, the students prefer the red desks to place their chromebooks on or to write on.


Each day it varies. At times the students choose to sit at tables or desks with the balls as their chairs, other days they are in a corner working on various assignments. They truly like the flexibility to sit where and how they want.


When our boxes first arrived, it was like Christmas to them. They were so excited!! It took a couple of weeks for the children to understand that these were tools and not toys. Now after a few months, they are aware and respect the appropriate use for their flexible seating.


I plan to continue to use our flexible seating and research more tools for them to feel comfort

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