Category: Parents as Advocates
The new school year brings with it more structure, busy schedules, a multitude of events and activities, and of course homework, dreaded homework. When the kids go back to school, it means we all go back to school. Like it or not, you need to adjust just about everything you did over summer, for your kids to get what they need for school. It’s all for the best and there’s a big payoff, especially for visual kids and parents.
I, like many others, thought learning was learning and art was there as a benefit—an enrichment. As an artist myself, I had always enjoyed participating in art class alongside my other studies. But, I now realize I had grossly underestimated the power and value of art as it relates to education.
The best part of back to school time for me as a mom was seeing my kids so excited about school. As a family, we supported their excitement with visits to the school and their new classroom. We walked around the playground, met their teacher before school started, and attended open houses and back to school events.
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.