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This summer, the Autism Society will offer a program called “Art Skillz” for autistic students age 8 to 14. It will include four one-day sessions and a community art show afterward showcasing their sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs.
“We find that children on the spectrum are often very successful with art,” said Nora Slawik, the society’s education director. “It gives them a freedom of expression that they may not have with other mediums in school.”
In addition to helping the students improve their social skills via interaction with others students, teachers and others, art also can help relieve the anxiety that often accompanies autism, Slawik said.
Harrison’s mother shares his pride and joy over his achievements and the possibilities ahead. “It’s overwhelming and exciting,” she said.
Candice Wheeler is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.