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Department of Students Services "Bits and Bites"

 

November 2019 




The Department of Student Services has allocated carry over funds from the special education grant to provide $2000 to each building to purchase sensory materials.These materials can be used by all children, but more intentionally for children that have trouble with self-regulation. 

 

Self-regulation is a person’s ability to adjust and control their energy level, emotions, behaviors and attention. When children are not able to self-regulate, these materials are essential to allow them to appropriately adjust to the classroom environment.  

 

Every one of us seeks information through our five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch).  All of us like calming things such as a warm blanket (touch) or alerting items such as hot salsa (taste), but some children NEED these items in order to fully participate in the classroom environment. 


Items that will be considered by the buildings to be purchased include: noise canceling headphones, weighted blankets and plush animals, therapeutic ball kits, textured panels, fidgets, ball chairs, and/or therapeutic bands for the desks. By having these materials readily available our students can calm themselves in order to have the greatest access to their education. 


So...the next time you are feeling overwhelmed, grab a stress ball and squeeze it. You may find yourself a bit calmer.  This is exactly what we want for our students!


Looking for the perfect gift? 

Do an internet search for sensory items and view all the things that are available - EVERYONE can benefit by having these tools in their lives. 

 
 

October 2019


Community Based Instruction (CBI)

The Department of Student Services is proud to highlight an expansion of our Community Based Instruction (CBI) for our specialized programs.   Students from Indian Knoll in the Multi-Learner Program have experienced opportunities here in our community to foster independence.  

So far this year the students have visited:

 Egg Yolk Café

 Walmart

 West Chicago Police Department.  

These trips afford our students the opportunity to demonstrate the living skills they have learned in the classroom in a safe and supported setting outside of the school.  The students are going to continue to experience different opportunities in our community throughout the school year. This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication the support staff and the following teachers:

Marisa Tarsa

Marielle Reach

Nicole Toth

Michaela Powers

Thank you to all staff members and community partners that have had a hand in making this a great experience for our students.  


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