Kids with disabilities may have a hard time connecting with friends, family, and the world around them. The arts can expand a child’s mind creatively, and they take so many forms that anyone can find an activity they enjoy. Here are a few ways you can connect the arts to children with disabilities, courtesy of My Autism Support.
Art-related activities come in many forms, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, and making DIY craft projects. It’s important to consider what kind of learning disability your child has and how to tailor activities accordingly. For example, if your child has trouble concentrating on one task at a time, freehand drawing will better suit their skills than painting by numbers. You also need to make sure this area is perfect for stress-free learning!
● 7 Great Benefits of Visual Arts in Early Childhood
● How to Create an Arts and Crafts Space for Kids
● How to Optimize Your Home for Stress-Free Living
What better way to explore kinesthetic art than by participating in it? Dance is a fun activity that allows your child to let loose, and it’s a great way for your child to interact with peers at social gatherings, which may help with overcoming shyness.
● 5 Ways Children Benefit from Dance Classes
● Best Free Online Dance Classes and Tutorials for School Aged Kids
● How to Set Up Your At-Home Dance Studio
Kids who like to perform but don’t want to dance may love theater arts. Even if they’ve never been bitten by the acting bug, there are opportunities to sing, write, and create artwork for their favorite show.
● How the Performing Arts Benefit Kids
● History of Musical Theatre: Lessons for Kids
● How to Put on a Show at Home
Learning how to play a musical instrument can open your child’s eyes to creativity through music. A host of benefits have been associated with kids and musical instruments, including helping with emotional and behavioral issues, speech impairments, hyperactive disorders, and cognitive problems.
● 10 Benefits of Children Learning a Musical Instrument
● Top 10 Instruments for Children to Learn to Play Music
● How to Create a Music Corner
Kids with disabilities may have a hard time connecting with friends, family, and their school work. Fortunately, the arts will not only help your child interact with others, they will also help shape them into well-rounded people now and into adulthood.
By Lilian Brooks