Johnny loves to grab some paper and to take out his bin of crayons and draw. Right now when he comes home from school he can hardly wait to pull his latest art out of his back pack. He quickly shows me and then in a flourish treasures the art away onto his art drawer. “I am exploring with colour Mommy.” What Johnny is doing is taking large sheets of coloured construction paper and scribbling lines or sections of blocks of colour on each sheet. The thing is every single sheet resembles the previous one. The picture below is of what he brought home from last week at school.
What is happening? Johnny is a visual learner but he also enjoys the sensory side of colour. I wonder if he’s not only exploring colour but also doing something that he thinks is organizing over and over again to make him feel better at school. We want him to be happy at school but at the same time we don’t want the teacher to think all he can do is scribble on paper. I took a picture of some paintings that Johnny has done at home that is representational and shared it in Johnny’s new communication daily log book so they can see what he he is capable of after the sensory exploration.
Here is a sample of what Johnny has been drawing at home. Fire trucks, school buses, and trees are his favourite subjects. He wanted to learn how to draw flowers so we did some “hand over hand” but Johnny drew all the stems and leaves.