Arts and craft kits make great gifts. They’re colorful, engaging, multisensory and come with directions! To help with your shopping I’ve curated a few shopping lists, based by age. This list is for your older elementary and middle school aged kids.
Temple Grandin introduced us to the world of visual thinking as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders and other forms of neurodivergence in her first book, Thinking in Pictures. It was also made into a movie that does a great job illustrating what it’s like to be a visual thinker. So, I was so excited to hear that she has just released a new book, Visual Thinking.
Not all children learn the same way. Our left-brain dominant kids are comfortable in the world of language. Our right-brain dominant kids thrive in the world of images. For these students, no seeing means no thinking. No thinking means no learning. Visual art training helps them develop the visual skills that are essential to their learning.
Now that you’ve read in depth about what each side of the brain does well and taken the quiz to figure out which side of the brain is driving your child, let me give you a reference guide to help you keep their strengths in mind in your daily lives.