Not long ago, I met a very interesting Christian Lady who'd spend a tremendous amount of time teaching art and music to mentally disabled people and autistic children. God Bless her volunteerism in our community. Needless to say, to do this type of work well you really have to get into it, and love what you're doing. Those without much patience, or sometimes do not really want to be there could never handle the challenge, so, it takes a special type of person to do this sort of educational work. Okay so let's talk about this shall we?
My acquaintance not only loves it, but she excelled at it, and she made an incredible amount of progress. Each time these individuals learned a new skill, they seem to reactivate other parts of their brain and got better at all the other things they were doing. It turns out that teaching mentally disabled or autistic folks art and music does wonders for their mental development, and these new skills transfer into all areas of their life. Best of all, it is amazing to see how good some of them are with their music and art. In fact many of them at some point after hours of training could teach us a thing or two about our own abilities, patience, and areas we need to improve.
My acquaintance went out of her way to buy musical instruments. Some of them she picked up at garage sales, swap meets, and thrift stores. She cleaned them all up, bought music stands and anything she could find to help those she taught. She explained to me that teaching art and helping them with our projects was equally rewarding. In fact, now she'd like to start her own storefront location just to help those that have a tough time helping themselves, at least in the beginning.
Of course, once they pick up a musical instrument and learn how to play, or a writing utensil or paintbrush, and if they are willing to practice, it is amazing how good they get. Some of their work is so good it puts the rest of us to shame. Far too many people I believe have misconceptions about the developmentally disabled, mentally disabled, or those who have autism.
They may think they know what they're talking about, but “It's just not like that,” as my acquaintance explained. It's too bad more people do not understand this truth, or do not have the experiences that this wonderful lady has after teaching these classes. I bet if you do your own research locally and talk to a few folks, you would see that this is not an unusual circumstance at all, in fact it is probably more of the rule than the exception. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.