Author

Lana Gunn

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Nancy Friese

Abstract

We all can experience a challenging time when finding the right word or sentence to describe something. However, for some individuals, this occurs every day with every sentence - so what if art were used as a language for those who have difficulties communicating their thoughts in traditional ways? Many children experience great difficulty when it comes to expressing their emotions and communicating verbally. However, the same children often thrive in the art room. Through art, the author believes that children can discover new ways to understand and explain what they are learning. In this thesis, the author explores what it means to be a child with a disability, what is considered expected, the importance of recognizing different learning styles, and how art can keep children inspired. The thesis emphasizes the importance of creating art as a language and how it can empower students with various disabilities through art educators.

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