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Improving The Effects Of Learning Disabilities With A Kids Art Class

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 4, 2008
Children's art classes are a valuable addition to a comprehensive treatment plan for learning disabilities (LDs). Difficulties with fine motor skills, called dyspraxia, can improve with classes in drawing or painting. For dysgraphia sufferers, a kids art class is the perfect opportunity to express themselves, which is a skill they find most difficult to acquire. Other children with LDs in other areas such as oral, math, and written will improve and gain from their artistic ventures.

Refine Physical Movement

Dyspraxia and children with difficulty controlling their fine movements find joy in improving their weaknesses. At a kids art class, LD sufferers can work in a medium that challenges them while being unconcerned about satisfying a curriculum or being wrong. Unlike writing, mediums such as painting, sculpting and drawing don't require crisp, straight lines. Many modern artists are famous for their ability to think outside box and create something fresh and new.

Children's art classes provide children with choices that meet their particular needs. Children with dyspraxia, for instance, might find clay or other similar mediums easier to start. While children with only minor difficulties might find drawing is better because it allows them to work with their recent achievements and promote their continued advancement.

Creativity And Self-Expression

Children with learning disabilities are often afraid to express their true selves because of the embarrassment attached to their condition. Frustration and depression often appear because of this inability and they begin to ignore the outside world. In the small, relaxed atmosphere of a kids art class, children benefit from the care and positive atmosphere that allows them to push the rules of art to learn about who they are. There is no pressure to choose the right answer and they can learn the boundaries of their chosen medium and imagination.

Communication And Problem Solving

Communication is one of the largest skills learned and practiced at a children's art class. Kids not only learn to express their ideas to the world, but they listen, follow directions, work with others, and problem solve. Children find the instruction in a kids art class more entertaining than traditional text book teaching and absorb and enjoy the teachings more readily. The problem solving skills allow for more personal interpretation. There is rarely a definite answer in the realm of art; it generally follows a set of guidelines with particulars defined by the individual.

Increased Self-Confidence And Improved Team Skills

With a kid's art class, children are immersed in a comfortable environment that promotes working together and the acceptance of things that are different and unique. For this reason, many children with learning disabilities see children's art classes as a place of acceptance. It becomes easy for the children to work with others and make friends. These new found skills and friends often carry beyond the children's art classes and stay with them throughout life. The realization of their creativity and the thrill of their successes only increases these new skills. They gain a heightened self-confidence through their creations that reflects in their improved communication with others, their willingness to stand out, and their ability to take healthy risks.

The methods and techniques learned in a kids art class just scratch the surface of their education. Children with learning disabilities can improve the skills they find difficult without being afraid of being wrong or being bullied by other children. They can be proud of their strengths and learn to enhance them. Children's art classes give those dealing with learning disabilities a positive experience while treating and improving their condition.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly specializes in children's art classes and is an author for Young Rembrandts, a kids art school that teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give them an academic advantage in the classroom.
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