Working with kiddos on the spectrum is a challenge in itself, and figuring out their interpretation of things is a must on the job. A way to understand their perception of the world is to encourage them to draw- what better things to draw than flowers?
Drawing is often a mindless activity, one that we engage in subconsciously. We may be physically present while undergoing this task, yet our mind is in a wonderland. We surrender ourselves to a world where everything makes sense to us. The sky is purple because it seems more reassuring that way. The flowers grow from the sky because they get more sunlight rooted so. The most unique thing about drawing is the individual perspective. Take this as an example: Two people are drawing the same rose. One makes the leaves bigger and the petals smaller, and the other does it vice-versa. The most divine thing about this? It is not merely an observation of the rose but it is also an observation of the minds partaking in this activity.
We are able to view subconscious thoughts through art. As kiddos engage in drawings of flowers, they allow their subconscious to take over, and interpreting the flowers as they do gives us a door into their mind. Also, they become at ease while indulging in this activity and allowing themselves to freely explore the flower before them. An all-time favorite is the rose.
As each kiddo begins drawing a rose, they instantly become amused with the color, feeling, and the scent of the roses. They follow the shape with their eyes to ensure their drawing is equally as detailed as the rose they are feasting their eyes upon. As they draw, they inhale the rose’s evocative fragrance. In that moment, they understand themselves, but even more beatific- we understand a part of them.
What better things to draw than flowers?