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ERIC Number: EJ837211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Honey Bee
Karaolis, Olivia
Exceptional Parent, v39 n3 p38-39 Mar 2009
Art matters. Theater, film, paintings, writing--all forms of creative expression are an important part of people's lives. It is often through art that people reach understanding about themselves and about one another. Drama can help children find their voice. It does this because it offers an alternative form of communication. Using anything from chopsticks to puppets, children can interact with one another making imaginary worlds and practicing some of the skills they need for the real one. This article reports on the UCPLAy Project, a satellite program taking creative workshops and artistic experiences to children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related disabilities, which United Cerebral Palsy in Los Angeles has launched. UCPLAy projects take many forms and are shaped by the children's interests. Being in movie town, it is currently working on The Bee Project. The workshops run for seven weeks and invite children to make a silent black and white film about a bee, named Honey. The author believes art matters very much to children with language and communication challenges. They are given time to process new information, with their fingers, toes, eyes, and ears. Art helps people to make connections. For the students in the workshops, it helps the author to reach them and bring them out to play for a while.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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