Me: This is the story of the Gingerbread… Timothy!
Students: Who is Gingerbread Timothy?
Me: Timothy, what are you doing? Sit down. Where were we? Oh, that’s right, we were about to read the story of The Gingerbread Man and … that’s enough!
Students: The Gingerbread Man had enough of what?
Me: Timothy, sit down over here by me. That part of you belongs on the floor, not in the air!
Does this sound familiar? Have you ever had a student who just couldn’t seem to sit still no matter what? I pulled every single teacher trick out of my bag and nothing seemed to work for more than a minute with Timothy. He simply had to be moving all. the. time.
I recently learned about these super cool tactile cushions from Fun and Function that are designed not only to help students who have sensory processing disorders but also those like Timothy who need to constantly be on the move. Tactile cushions can help students who need constant stimulation by providing the sensation of movement.
The My Magical Cushion from Fun and Function comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The one I have is 15 inches around and made of a very thick, durable vinyl material. One side of the cushion is smooth and the other has raised bumps. You can also increase or decrease the air inside to get a perfect fit for each child.
I was talking shop with my friend Heidi of Heidisongs and happened to mention these magical cushions to her and how I wished I had known about them sooner. She has these in her classroom and had a few words of advice for using therapy cushions in a regular ed classroom. First, she said they really work! Yes, can you believe it? Something that really does what it says it does, how cool is that?
Second, Heidi recommended getting more than one cushion because students may become jealous of the child who has one. If possible, have several and make sure the ones who really need them get them, but rotate the other cushions among the other students to balance things out. Whew! Thanks for helping me dodge that bullet Heidi
She also said they really hold up well which is a huge relief when working with young children. I don’t know about you but I’m sold on these therapy cushions!
Wouldn’t it be cool if restaurants gave these out with kid’s menus?
If therapy cushions aren’t in your budget try writing a grant using my Donor’s Choose recipe for success.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary therapy cushion from Fun and Function for purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.