I spent 2 years teaching severely autistic children of varied abilities (none very high).
My advice to you would be to keep things really simple. Find out what they can do and expand on that.
Tactile projects such as fingerpaints and clay or model magicmay work well and non objective work unless they are higher level. We started with just drawing lines & discovered straight, curved etc. Whatever happens remember to keep a sense of humor!
Stringing beads is good for fine motor, also weaving. Hope this helps I can look up more if you need it...no guarantee I'll find it though! :-)
From: christine kotarsky <email@example.com>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 5:28 PM
Subject: special needs children
This coming year I will be teaching a small group of about 6-8 special needs children. The 2 assistants and the teacher will be in the room. The children range in disabilities and age. some are autistic, downs syndrome, and language and speech disabilities.
Has anyone worked with such children before and if so can you please give me some advice as far as what to teach them and what to expect.
Thanks in advance, Christine