Teacher DIYs chairs for students – Story


Amy Maplethorpe is making a major difference for her unique needs students– all with a few tennis balls and a little paint.  

Maplethorpe is at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake in the Language and Language Department. A number of her pupils with disabilities and down syndrome had trouble processing information in their senses and the world about them. She made a few DIY seats.

According to the school’s Facebook article, that has since gone viral, “Tennis balls on the seat and backrest give an alternate texture to improve sensory regulation.”  

The article was so popular that Facebook consumers clamored to get a “how-to,” that the faculty gladly Supplied in an update for those who were motivated:

“The substances used to generate the chairs included:a seat, 1/2 tennis balls, fabric, Modge Podge, paintbrush/paint sponge, along with hot glue. First, have a seat and Modge Podge the seat and backrest place fabric over it. Next, modge podge over the fabric and await it to dry, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Afterward paste tennis balls cut in half to backrest and the seat. If that dries, hot paste the excess fabric underneath the chair and behind the backrest to give it an “upholstered” look. It can be handy to glue around the tennis balls yet another time to get an extra hold. And the seats are complete. Happy growing!”

It is a reminder that we have everything we have to change someone’s life.