Whenever I see crayons and coloring pens, the first thing that comes to mind is my youngest son, Red. Though his speech was delayed because of his autism, he was able to express himself thru music and art. And because that was the only way where he can communicate, he gets overwhelmed each time he sings, draws and colors. He would hum Ryan Cayabyab's composition " Sineskwela " while he is in the jeepney where we receive all kinds of looks simply because of his high voice and never off key notes, while being stitched on his head when he once had a playing accident and where the doctor and two nurses who assisted all sang " Old Mcdonald " with him and even his all heart version of " Lupang Hinirang " whenever he feels like it.
Now you could just imagine how he gets overwhelmed once he sees crayons and coloring pens. He would draw and color almost everywhere. Not just on paper but on books, our walls, cabinets, even on everybody's clothes as well.Though at times his sisters are tempted to just grab him by the neck,it is one effective way to keep him quiet and behave, as attested by his Sped teacher when she had no choice but to tag him along while she had an emergency meeting. He really did behave until she announced that it was time for him to go home. That was when Red threw all his crayons and coloring materials where he earned a disciplinary action and was told to pick up all he had thrown and have him return to their proper places.
Such attitude, this autistic son of mine.
Recently I received an email from Manila Workshops about a A Free Art Workshop from Faber Castell and Memory Crafters. Intended for kids ages 7-13 years old, it will be held on Valle Verde Social Hall tomorrow, April 23 from 9AM to 11:30 AM.
I just wished my son was here. It would be great to see him sit still and behave even for two and a half hours. He may not even want to be disturbed once he gets started. I suddenly missed his doodles on the different TV networks, NICK JR logos and of his all time favorite word which is "AMEN."
For those living near Valle Verde, take advantage of this free workshop and have your kids experience a morning filled with arts and crafts. It is one great way to express not just their creativity but their selves as well, just like my autistic son, Red.
To register, visit the Manila Workshops website where you could also check on their upcoming workshops. You could also follow them at facebook.com/manilaworkshops and
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