Over the years the importance of art has become more apparent, allowing a person with autism to use art to express their emotions can be very beneficial overall. It is also a great sensory experience at the same time.
Children tend to avoid activities that they find challenging or activities which make them feel nervous. So he avoided outdoor gross motor activities and equipment which challenged his balance. Does this sound like someone you know?
It breaks my heart to hear young children labelled as ‘disruptive’, ‘naughty’ but when I do basic reflex testing in front of the teacher we can both see that this child’s movements and behaviour are still being coordinated by reflexes, rather than their brain creating its own smooth and coordinated movements.
Threading with beads is the perfect activity for developing fine motor skills in young children. It increases concentration span, develops thinking skills, encourages the use of the pincer grasp between the thumb and forefinger and naturally strengthens the small hand muscles that are vital for holding a pencil to write with when they start school.
Dramatic play teaches children social skills, new vocabularyand develops communication techniques in a realandrelevant setting that they can understand. When children take on characters they are learning about roles, responsibilities and relationships.
Thevalueof a child’s creativity is not in the final product but in the time, effort andprocessthat it took to get there. Children are naturally creative, inquisitive and willing to explore – art is the perfect canvas for allowingfreedomandself expression.