I watched the movie ‘Temple Grandin’ again over the Christmas holiday. If you have not seen it yet, you must watch it. Here is a talk Dr. Grandin gave at a TED Conference just after the release of the movie about her life, where she emphasizes the world needs all different kinds of minds: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers and verbal thinkers. She also stresses the importance of mentors as teachers in high schools and one on one tutoring for autistic children under 5. “You’ve got to show student’s interesting stuff to learn,” says Temple.
Here at the Tree of Life Centre for Creativity, in the Creative Art Adventures program, the student’s learn about all sorts of subjects: natural life cycles, weather patterns, insects, all kinds of animals, geography, the 4 elements, air, fire, water, earth, and how we humans are connected to all the elements and to all life. We teach all subjects through painting, drawing, clay modelling, music and storytelling. The children are encouraged to follow whatever interests them, in this way the learning experience is exciting and fun for everyone.