DOING ART WITH JOEY
Naomi, 21, aunt to boy with autism
I love art and have done quite a few art projects with my nephew who has autism. He was very inattentive at first. All he wanted to do was play with the materials. So I started following this method. I give him a few minutes to do what he wants, make a mess. He likes to get paint all over his hands and he squishes the paint between his fingers. Once he has gotten his ‘rush’, I have him clean up and wash his hands. Then I have him pick up the brush, dip it in paint and make strokes. After painting for sometime, and completing his picture, I let him play again with the paint. After practicing this a few times, he now understands the routine. Recently, I was surprised when he examined the picture he had painted more closely. He put an additional stroke, and then seemed satisfied. I’m wondering – if we continue this long enough, will he get past his sensory exploration stage, and get more into painting images.
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