Overview of ArtExpress and Young
music, dance, and dramatics (the expressive arts) not only provide important
content, but they also have been shown to serve as a vehicle for serious
learning for children of all ages and abilities.
- offer important
opportunities for expression, problem solving, and communication.
to healthy development and learning.
- aid both
written and spoken communication and enhance social development.
of the Arts
the arts, children
participate in their own learning.
construct their own reality, freely communicate their feelings and
ideas, and make sense of and give meaning to their world.
great strides in the processes of understanding and creating symbols,
critical to communication and literacy development.
a broader and deeper understanding of human culture and the significance
of their own imagination through artistic expression and appreciation.
arts present benefits as well as challenges to children whose physical
disabilities prevent them from interacting with their environment. Both
low-tech and high-tech options can help all children participate in
Foam grippers for markers or extensions for paint brushes to
provide a better grip.
Velcro fasteners and other simple adaptations make it possible
for all children to experience creative play activities , such
as building sculpture, playing with puppets, and participating
Switches to activate recorded music, voices, and sounds making
participation and inclusion possible.
of high- and low-tech adaptations makes participation of children
with limited abilities in the expressive arts not only possible, but
software programs, and adaptive peripherals equalize play for
brings the world to children who live in isolated areas far from
a museum or children who do not travel well.
peripherals including a switch or a touch tablet, such as a TouchWindow,
Key Largo, or IntelliKeys, provide children who cannot hold a
marker or paint brush ways to successfully make marks and create
also includes information about the ArtExpress Model, the
rationale, and the arts across learning domains.