Arts and Crafts
THE BENEFITS OF ART AND CRAFT FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Art and craft promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. It is conducted with the aim of building life skills, addressing deficits and problem behaviors, and promoting healthy self-expression. Children are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art materials; crafting attractive artworks. It is highly effective and recommended as a part of autism training. Following are the benefits of art and craft:
- Provides a firm foundation for learning through art and craft projects , children improve their pre linguistic skills like attention and concentration,eye contact , sitting tolerance , imitation which are vital pre requisites for learning to happened.
- Gives self-esteem boostcompleting the crafts successfully will give them a great sense of accomplishment and pride. As you and your child begin to explore more crafts, you can add in more and more challenges.
- Teaches self-regulationcrafts that want drying need waiting, this is a great experience for your child to showself-control and patience. The end result will become the reward for children for waiting.
- Promote bilateral coordinationcrafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, pasting all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas including writing, tying shoes, typing, etc...
- Promote bonding,teamworkand help with social skills
working on a craft project in a group can help improve their teamwork, communication and social skills, as they will have to learn to co-operate and communicate to complete their projects. Children with autism may struggle to comprehend other person’s perspectives, looking at another child’s art offers a concrete way to see another person’s point of view. So, cooperation, turn-taking, respecting differences and other social skills can all be practiced in an enjoyable, natural setting.
- A great platform for self-expressionArts and crafts are a great way to allow children to express themselves, as children tend to be very visual about the things that happen around them and in their heads. for children who are limited in communicating, this will give others some insight into what the child is feeling, thinking, or experiencing.Art offers a way for people who have trouble communicate their thoughts with words to express themselves directly, without words. People with autism are often highly visual thinkers. Expressing feelings and ideas through images is very natural for such people and can be a relief for them
- Can address Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)One of the most common goals in art therapy is to increase tolerance for unpleasant stimuli, while channeling self-stimulating behavior into more creative activity. Because art is naturally enjoyable for almost all children, autistic or not, they are more likely to tolerate textures and smells they might otherwise avoid when they are part of a fun art process.a child might find it hard to handle a slimy glue covered paperas a part of an art project , but after getting exposed to it over a number of times ,child gets desensitized and finds slimy handwash more acceptable. Sensory fixations are another common feature of autism. Repetitively engaging in such self-stimulating behaviors (or “stimming”) can make people with autism stand out, prevent them from interacting with others. In art therapy, the goal is to channel non-functional or inappropriate stimming into socially acceptable, creative outlets.Example :Compulsive shredding of paper can be turned into beautiful collages. This type of art making can help turn a behavior that once caused social problems into a form of self expression and enjoyment.
- Improves fine motor skills
the activity of sticking, colouring, glueing, cutting and keeping within lines or patterns, can assist fine motor skill development, and improve hand eye co-ordination in kids. even simple tasks such as separating squares of tissue paper or sequences and sticking them in the right shape is great for developing their skills.cute paper art crafts like these help to improve fine motor skills • Teaches to follow directionsThough art therapy kids get the concept that if I follow the set of steps given in the correct order,the end result will be good or else what is going to happened. Children get this concept after going through number of trial and error. This will remain as a lesson for their future life.