In case you missed them on our Facebook page, here are our top posts for April. We shared information about what causes Autism to what to say when the kid say they’re “bored.” Be sure to LIKE the Bette Fetter Facebook page (if you haven’t already) to join in the conversation and to follow along as I share ideas and suggestions relevant to visual learners.
Art, specifically drawing, is a form of controlled communication and can be especially beneficial to a child with an autism spectrum disorder. For children that have difficulty with receptive language or sharing themselves verbally, drawing provides them a unique outlet.
We’ve had a busy month talking about all the reasons for you to find an art class for your child. Whether you have a child with autism, are an adult wanting to relieve some stress or a parent looking for things to do with your child, art should be part of your life.
The month of April has the wonderful distinction of being Autism Awareness Month, and today, April 2nd, is World Autism Day. Autism is a neurological disorder that disrupts a person’s learning and socialization. While it affects over 1.5 million people in the U.S., it’s considered a ‘spectrum’ disorder because the characteristics vary from person to person.
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A few years ago I met Barb, a high school special education teacher. Barb had heard about Young Rembrandts and wondered how her special needs students would respond to our step-by-step method of teaching art. After some conversation about her students’ needs and our philosophy, we agreed to teach a series of four weekly classes. The classes surpassed all of our expectations. The students were fully engaged, successfully completed every drawing and were pleased to have been participants in art class. In Chapter Five of Being Visual, I share details about the initial fears of the teaching assistants, the experiences in the classrooms, our observations and our teaching method.