The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is designed to help kids with disabilities feel included. With that in mind, schools -- and parents -- should focus on involving children with learning disabilities in the arts. This can level the playing field for kids; if they struggle with academic subjects, they may excel in artistic topics, which may even improve their performance in the classroom. Here are some suggestions from Promiseland Global Kids (PGK) on how to incorporate the arts into the lives of kids with disabilities.
Learn an Instrument
Learning to play a musical instrument can help your child with disabilities explore their natural talents in ways they may not be able to with core subjects. It can also help kids develop discipline and learn the importance of focusing, studying, and setting goals.
- Benefits of learning to play an instrument for children
- Musical instruments and the motor skills they require
Learn More Music
As students learn to play an instrument, they will naturally learn more about music, including how to read it, understand rhythm, keep time, and perhaps most exciting of all, sing. Building these skills can have a direct impact on their ability to understand math concepts, and learning the lyrics to songs allows kids to improve their vocabulary, phonics, storytelling, and more.
- Vocal exercises for kids
- How to help shy kids sing in public
- Become a music instructor for kids by starting your own business; use ZenBusiness to guide you through the steps.
Many actors have overcome learning disabilities, and many kids who have trouble academically or socially find that they shine on stage. Their unusual dramatic abilities can stem from their different learning styles, and success on the stage can lead to increased confidence and more success in the classroom.
Sewing is a great creative outlet, and it gives children an opportunity to create something they can use or even wear. It can also be meditative, which can help kids sharpen their focus skills by doing a relaxing activity on their own or with a friend.
Not everyone learns the same way, so we have to vary our methods to reach every child. Kids with learning disabilities have unique strengths, and we need to find the best way to reach them. Arts provide a great opportunity to do that.
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