Teacher makes tennis ball chair to help students with autism

A teacher in Illinois is using her creativity to help her students with autism.

Amy Maplethorpe, who teaches in the Speech and Language Department at Raymond Ellis Elementary School, added tennis balls to the backs and seats of chairs to help students who have sensory issues.

According to a post on the school's Facebook page, "sensory seating is used for students who may have difficulty processing information from their senses and from the world around them."

The post goes on to say that tennis balls on the seat and back offer an alternative texture to improve the students' sensory regulation.

Students with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, etc. may benefit from this seating option, according to the post.

The school also included instructions on how to make the sensory chairs, which can be viewed below.


Copyright 2017 FOX 11 Los Angeles : Download our mobile app for breaking news alerts or to watch FOX 11 News | Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Be a citizen journalist for FOX 11 and get paid – download the Fresco News App today.




Up Next:

Up Next

  • Teacher makes tennis ball chair to help students with autism
  • Natalee Holloway's dad reveals he found human remains in Aruba
  • FHP sends message: No ticket quotas allowed
  • Hundreds march in 'Philly is Charlottesville' rally
  • Police: Use your phone's Bluetooth to locate skimming devices
  • 3 more protesters arrested after toppling Confederate statue in Durham
  • Woman's emotional thank you note to stepdad goes viral
  • Heather Heyer Memorial: Charlottesville victim honored during memorial service
  • Coast Guard says Army helicopter reported down in ocean off Hawaii
  • Sick kids get the chance to surf with a dog