2016 – Ms. Feige

Ms. Feige – Social Worker
Bradley School

The goal of this project is to enhance the social, emotional, and behavioral development of all students.  By providing students with a self-regulation and emotional control curriculum, we will be able to give students the skills needed to self-regulate and thus allow them to better access their standard curriculum and perform better on standardized testing. 

Providing students with “coping skill toolbox” materials, such as glitter bottles and play dough, will allow them to practice and experience firsthand how engaging their visual and tactile senses, for example, can ground them during times of distress, helping them to self-regulate and return to their academic tasks.  Providing students with sensory items, such as weighted lap pads and bouncy bands for their desk chairs, will also teach them how to be more self-aware of their sensory needs and how to meet those needs so that they can focus on accessing their education. 

Ultimately, the implementation of a self-regulation and emotional control curriculum can teach students self-awareness skills and coping skills and give students the opportunity to practice and develop those skills.  While this project is primarily a prevention effort, it will simultaneously serve as an intervention effort for those students whose social, emotional, and behavioral functioning negatively impacts their ability to access the regular education curriculum.  This project will also support the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs currently in place throughout Bradley School by giving students even more skills to proactively, rather than reactively, regulate their behaviors.

This project received approximately $600 in funding from the 2016 Derby’s B.E.S.T. 5k Run / Walk.

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