FYI In case you haven't noticed it, there is a listing of suggested art
products for special needs students at the back of the Sax catalog on page
578. This listing has been compiled by consultation with special needs art
teachers who use adaptive products. Hope this helps. Judy
----- Original Message -----
From: "Maggie White" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: special needs student
> Rdunkelart@aol.com wrote:
> > Oh My! This sounds a lot like my situation with a special needs student
<snip> He scribbles, cannot even > trace around large wooden objects or
round circles. Can color in some stencil shapes and seems pleased with >
> Hope I can word this right: Students with poor eye/hand coordination
> often cannot trace around a cut-out shape; they do better when they can
> trace the _outline_ of it. In other words, they can usually trace the
> negative shape (the "hole" in the stencil) better than the positive
> shape (the actual cut-out). Old file folders make good stencils and can
> be reinforced with lamination or wide package tape.
> If he's able to color in his shapes, he's doing well. Wonder if he
> would accept overlapping simple shapes to create new shapes?
> > I am all for inclusion as long as the child benefits and the other
> > do not lose anything from it - but we need to be realistic and not
> > guidelines but bend them for what is best for the child and other
> I agree wholeheartedly here. I'm an advocate of mainstreaming when it's
> done right; the SpEd teacher works with the other teachers to make sure
> the students are placed in the right classes. I've been very fortunate
> to work with good SpEd teachers here.
> Try to get a copy of this book: Exceptional Children, Exceptional Art,
> by David R. Henley. It is published by Davis. The author provides a
> lot of insights into the emotional, behavioral, and physical needs of a
> variety of disabilities. While he does give a few concrete ideas for
> helping them in art, it is not a recipe book of lessons or activities.
> I've found it very helpful over the years. Check online sources like
> Alibris for a used copy (find out what it retails for first, though).