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Using Art To Teach Life Skills

For some kids with special needs dealing with new situations or ways of doing things can cause fear and anxiety.  Or they may get “stuck” doing something the same way but become frustrated because...

Engaging Reluctant Children in Art Play

One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art play, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of a...
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Adapting Art for Children With Special Needs

Many times children with special needs or learning differences are overlooked when it comes to creative opportunities. While they may struggle in other traditional areas, exploring art can offer a place to discover new...
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Enhance Sequencing Skills through Art

Art can be a fun and different approach for enhancing and developing sequencing skills. While the process of creating art involves free expression it also requires the very concrete execution of sequencing tasks to...
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It’s Youth Art Month: How to Celebrate Your Artist

"Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Art Education...

4 Ways Art Impacts a Child’s Behavior

The process of creating art is a wondrous thing.  It offers a place to roam freely in a way that is intuitive with no boundaries while offering  concrete processes and outcomes.   Art has the...
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Discover Your Child’s Creative Outlet

Amazing talents and gifts abound in children with various differences.  As a society, we need to not focus so much on the negatives associated with differences.  Instead, let's stress the positive aspects of those...
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Art Readiness For The Unwilling Child, Part 1

For many people the act of “creating” is an intimidating thing.  Inventing something and sharing it for everyone to see invokes an intense fear and dread.  It is an invitation for judgement.  Every artist...
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Enhance Motor Planning through Art

Motor planning involves the ability to order, plan, sequence and execute multiple motor activities. It requires the ability to imagine and carry out an action. It also means being aware of how to use...
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Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, Part 2

In Part 1 of Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, perfectionism and fear were examined as prospective causes for a reluctance to create art.  Fine motor challenges and motor planning isms may also play...