Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 19

introduce your child to art Debra’s shares her advice for parents who want to introduce their children to art: Moving beyond communication limitations Previous page: James Frye “Self Portrait” This page: James Frye “Electro King” • Try different mediums. Maybe your child won’t enjoy using crayons but will like to make collages or cut-outs. • Make art fun. Go on a scavenger hunt for materials in your own neighborhood. Incorporate recycled material into art • Consider your child’s interests. For example, if your child likes trains, have him paint trains or train stations or photograph trains. • Turn on music. Have your child paint what he hears. Debra Muzikar is co-founder of The Art of Autism collaborative, which showcases the gifts of autism. She has compiled two books on art and autism: The Art of Autism: Shattering Myths and the Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions. She blogs at The Art of Autism and writes regularly about creativity and the human spirit. Debra posts art of those on the spectrum on The Art of Autism Facebook page. Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 19