Making the Most of Creativity in Activities for Young Children with Disabilities


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Linda Crane Mitchell

Creativity is the ability to invent or make somehting new, using one's own skills without the specific use of patterns or models. Creative expression develops through a child's participation in dramatic play, movement, music, and the visual arts. 

Research has shown that young children with disabilities develop skills more easily if these are embeded in authentic play activities. This process is widely recognized in early childhood special education as activity-based intervention. 

This article looks at strategies promoting creativity, planning tips and intervention examples.

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