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Re: autism

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Pablo90512_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 20:50:45 PDT


I have taught several autistic children in the last few years and have two
right now. Each one is so very different. Depending on the severity...they
can be extremely artistic, and tactile. Sometimes while I am teaching I will
find one "feeling" my sweater or skirt etc....it seems very strange. If you
have to make modifications, I would consider tactile mediums...like weaving,
pottery, or textured papers...etc. One student does a great job on his
art, very detailed and over "focused" but then will clean up at the
sink...and gets just as over focused on that.... ending up stuffing paper
towels down it to try and stop the water....Or start gluing...and just love
the feel and it just goes from there. He also has fasinations with sharp
things. He's better this year, but I still have to keep an eye on him all
the time. Another student, just does her thing. She doesn't listen to a word
I say, and sometimes the art really bombs...and then other times it is the
most fabulous work you can imagine. She has a piece in the district show
right now for the year. Her thoughts are most amazing. What she sees and how
she perceives art is incredable ...She will look at art and seem to
understand intuitively what the artist is trying to say. She is pretty
amazing and yet like most autistic children will not look you in the eye and
yet know every detail about you.
Each is very individual and I really love my Autistic children.
Laurie

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