Art has the power to bring people together, regardless of skin colour, gender identity, politics, language, and other factors that may keep us divided. Moreover, it can make an impact on a person’s life as art can contribute to one’s overall development and happiness. For neurodiverse children and adults, it can be a way for healthy self-expression using their enhanced visual and intuitive abilities. Many of those with learning differences gravitate towards art, and recent research has found that there is a high incidence of dyslexia among artistically gifted individuals. Apart from being a productive way to pass the time, art comes with a host of benefits that can improve one’s health and wellbeing–these are all the ways art can benefit children and well, everyone!
It becomes an outlet for creativity and self-expression
Some of the most famous artists of all time, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock, are believed to be dyslexic. Just as these artists have found a way to express themselves through their respective art styles, children and adults can also draw, paint, or sculpt to have an outlet for their feelings. As learning differences can affect how we communicate, encouraging the use of art for self-expression may help us finds alternative methods of communication and give us a healthy outlet to showcase creativity. To help kids get started, encourage them to draw something simple, such as a friendly cartoon animal like a smiling cat or a sleeping dog. Later on, children can be taught to draw self-portraits which will help their parents and other adults around them to get an insight into how they feel about themselves. This can be a good exercise for kids who have a difficult time opening up about their feelings.
It helps improve focus
Colouring may seem like a meaningless activity, only meant for young children to ward off their boredom. But even adults can benefit from colouring as it can improve focus, decrease impulsive behaviour, and enhance a person’s attention span. Colouring in complicated patterns such as mandalas, or using an adult colouring book, can be a good way to improve focus among neurodiverse adults. As a bonus, it can be an excellent way to relieve stress too, and it’s a fantastic activity that both grownups and children can actively engage in regardless of skills or artistic ability.
It increases happiness and boosts mood
Learning differences can affect a person’s emotional wellbeing as not only does it affect their ability to read and write, but it also has an impact on the way they communicate with their peers. As a result, neurodiverse children and adults may have a tendency to isolate themselves from others, which may result in loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Fortunately, art can help to increase happiness and boost mood as studies have shown that even just looking at art can instantly make one happier as it produces the same psychological effect as the experience of being in love. Grown-ups and children may experience the mood-lifting benefits of art by creating something themselves or viewing art at museums, galleries, or online virtual museum tours.
Art can be beneficial for everyone. Try finding a creative outlet that you can actively engage in, and see if you can find an activity that you enjoy doing every day to experience the healing benefits of art. In time, you’ll see how much happier and healthier you can be as you immerse yourself in artistic endeavours.