Advocating for arts education since 2006
Arts For All, Inc (AFA) serves thousands of local students each year, many of whom would not otherwise have opportunities to receive arts education. Arts education positively impacts the lives of our children by helping to develop critical thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness, teamwork, and many other skills. An investment in the arts is an investment in the future of our community.
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People are naturally creative.
Everyone can express themselves through the arts.
People can learn, grow and change.
The arts connect the world.
Diversity is welcomed and appreciated.
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A variety of course offerings, at the same time, same day(s) and same location(s). Convenient times at multiple locations throughout Omaha and surrounding areas. Payment plans and scholarships available.
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Omaha, NE 68131
How Participating in the Arts Can Help Your Child with Learning Disabilities
Written by Lillian Brooks
School can be difficult for any child and having a learning disability can make things even harder. However, getting involved in art can help our children develop a sense of confidence, as well as unleash their creativity. Here are some ways you can encourage your child in the arts.
Discover the Arts
When a child has learning difficulties, it can be challenging to find an environment where they can broaden their horizons without being overwhelmed or frustrated. Art may offer a path to learning opportunities. It can be an effective tool to alleviate stressors that they may otherwise experience when learning. As art comes in many forms, whether it is drawing, sculpting, or dance, it can also tap into how your child best learns. Are they more visual by nature? Or, are they energized by movement? Finding the right art can be transformative to your little one’s perception of education. Art can equip children with key skills that can be adapted to different aspects of life, including in how they learn about a variety of subjects. It can also enhance a sense of self-belief and raise a child’s confidence to express themselves through creativity.
Finding the right activities is crucial to unlocking the potential of the arts for your child. You may have to experiment until the spark of enthusiasm is struck, but the results can be worth the effort. These activities could be arranged at home, or in a safe class environment. If they find themselves interested in patterns and colors, you could let them chalk along your home’s driveway. You might designate a room in your house where they can comfortably paint, or sculpt without worrying about mess or losing their supplies. They could decorate plant pots, or even use utensils to create music. If they are interested in dance, you could find safe YouTube videos for them to turn your living room into a mini studio. Art can be incredibly adaptable, and perseverance can pay off in finding something that inspires.
Being a parent is a tremendous privilege. You are your little one’s source of inspiration, a model to whom they can look up and emulate. By getting involved in art with them, showing passion for creativity and how your child expresses themselves, you can influence their education. Paint by their side, encourage them with praise, and celebrate their creations by putting them on display in your home. Introduce them to art styles that you enjoy, or learn together. You could also take your little one to art galleries or the theater. Some institutions have programs or events especially designed for children with learning difficulties. These can offer a positive environment where your child will feel welcomed and supported as they explore not only the works of artistic greats, but also their own creative impulses.
Learn an Instrument
Like arts, music is a great way to get your little one exploring their creativity and develop critical skills. It’s an accessible form of learning, and can foster a strong sense of self-empowerment and improve mood. If your child has ever felt isolated, learning to play an instrument can potentially connect them to others. This may be best facilitated by classes specially adapted to children with learning difficulties. Consult with your local community or school to see what is available in your area. When choosing an instrument, it’s important to find something that they are comfortable with, and to consider how they learn, such as visual or auditory. Woodwind instruments including clarinets and flutes are great for beginners and can help children develop good motor skills while the tuba and cello can also let a child’s self-expression flourish. From practicing an instrument to having fun with chalk art, there are many ways your child can benefit from exploring creativity. It may be slow going at first, but stick with it. Once your little one has some success, it may be just the encouragement they need to thrive in new environments.
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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
— PABLO PICASSO
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