I am working on a project with my daughter.
Kid Connections: Using exciting, fun, and creative ways to develop a framework for cognitive, social, and emotional connections in the kids we love.
She is a teacher and an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist. My role within the project is to use art lessons and public art projects to support her Leadership Skills training sessions enabling parents to teach their children the all-important executive functioning skills: planning, working memory, task initiation, flexibility, self-control, metacognition and perseverance needed to lead a happy, fulfilled, successful life. Through Social Insight training the parents learn how to help their children develop friendships and empathy; learn to share; to have patience; to understand, except and control their emotions; improve listening and communication; possess problem solving and teamwork skills.
Art fits seamlessly into these lessons. Collaborative art requires each of the social insight skills listed above. The process of creating art supports the development of executive functioning skills. Art requires patience and perseverance. In order for art to speak to others the artist must have the ability to sense what another person is experiencing. Art creates connections.