Special Education and the Arts
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein
Success in our programs adapting to your child’s unique needs. Adaption is an ongoing process. Students with physical and cognitive impairments can master art skills and concepts with effective instruction. Curricular, behavioral, environmental, motivational and organizational methods are followed. Exploring different teaching methods that involve increased repetition, practice, hands-on exercises and one-on-one attention for enabling the special learners the freedom to enjoy the arts in the very best way! Here are some of our goals…
Speech and Communication – Singing is used to isolate speech sounds and gets lots of repetition without monotony…triggers conversation, thoughts, feelings for a normally inarticulate child…. helps breathing…music rarely fails to communicate with every child
Fine and Gross Motor – Using traditional and adaptive percussive instruments, like maracas, shakers, sticks etc. and art crafting to address specific fine and gross motor skills. Music and Art advances developmental skills for cognitive, affective and psychomotor functions…
Academic – Putting academic information into a song format so that recall is improved. Using the alphabet letters and numbers into the program to encourage the want to learn more… telling a story without reading. Then finding the love and courage to learn to read and learn language
Social skill development – our groups where children practice greetings, turn taking, eye contact, requesting, etc., through musical or art related activities.
Behavioural – Creating songs and musical stories about appropriate behaviour
Our Teachers understand that hands on learning is integral and that every child develops differently.Teaching is done in a relaxed atmosphere, with patient teachers.