Elementary Teacher Creates Sensory Chair for Students

The Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, recently made waves on Facebook when it posted a photo of one of its teachers with the “sensory chair” that she had created. Miss Maplethorpe teaches in the school’s Speech and Language Department, and she used tennis balls and cloth to create a chair for some of her students with sensory issues. As the school stated in its post:

Sensory seating is used for students who may have difficulty processing information from their senses and from the world around them. Tennis balls on the seat and backrest provide an alternative texture to improve sensory regulation. Students with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, etc. may benefit from this seating option.

Notice the school’s use of the word, “may.” As many people on Facebook were quick to point out, this chair looks uncomfortable. However, those experienced with sensory conditions disagree, explaining that some people find “typical” chairs extremely hard to sit in because they require more sensory input than just a flat surface. Sensory seekers often get comfort from objects that those without sensory conditions don’t understand at all — i.e., objects such as rocks and Legos.

As we all know, every person is different, and this chair may be too stimulating for some, while not stimulating enough for others. For more information, please see the post:

Miss Maplethorpe, from our Speech and Language Department created these chairs for our students that have sensory…

Posted by Raymond Ellis Elementary School on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rachel L. MacAulay

Founder at Challa & Haggis
Still learning that there’s no such thing as perfection in parenting, or in life, though I don’t stop trying. Avid reader; lapsed wanderer; reformed cynic. I believe every day should be filled with children’s laughter.

Related Posts

Woodstock Chimes Autism Story Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes, has won a GRAMMY® Award, played music with The Temptations and started an international company ...
Amazing Things Happen – An Autism Video A beautiful video by the Amazing Autism Project explaining Autism to stimulate understanding and tolerance in future generations. An official selectio...
The Smith Brothers Use Boxing to Help Spread Autis... Although Liam Smith suffered his first-ever defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez in the recent WBO light middleweight title bout AT&T Stadium in Dallas...
One Football Player’s Sweet Gesture Goes Vir... The feel-good photo of the week has got to be the one of Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph sitting at a lunch table across from 11...
Michigan’s Lt. Governor Calley Makes Plea fo... Over the last few years, Michigan's Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley, has been at the forefront of pushing for state programs to help individuals wit...
Apple Store Field Trips: Apples, Smiles, and Super... As an Apple Distinguished Educator and the head of Instructional Technology at Wildwood School in New York State—a comprehensive educational progr...
Teacher Tells Student With Autism, ‘These Te... Gail Twist was so surprised, and gladdened, by a letter sent by her son's teacher, that she posted it on Twitter, along with the words: In tears. A le...
11 Things We Can’t Do Without Over a Three-Day Wee... With the three-day weekend upon those of us in the U.S. and the U.K., we thought it would be fun to reach out to some of our contributors and ...
Florida Special Needs Teacher Goes Viral My children had a kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Lotano, who paraphrased Maya Angelou to us parents at every annual school Open House. She reminded us tha...
My Autistic Sons Are MY Teachers I always thought that when I became a parent I would spend my days loving my children, helping them to thrive and to progress--helping them to become ...
Ausome™ Teachers Make a Difference. Teachers. The most underpaid professionals on earth. With all respect to other professions, a good teacher is worth 10x any salary approved ...
She Has Non-Verbal Autism, But Her New Friend Unde... If you have a non-verbal child, chances are you know how hard it is for them to make friends. That's why we know you'll love this video. The mother...