I hear that some children really just don't like to color anyway and then with Jack's visual impairment you have extra barriers to coloring.
I had hoped that we would one day find that perfect recipe that would turn Jack into that kid that sits at a restaurant table thoroughly enjoying his coloring while we wait on our food. I have since realized that's probably not gonna happen but he still needs practice with coloring.
Coloring is a good fine motor activity however and it is a pre-writing skill so Jack's teachers and therapists and I have tried different things to make coloring more interesting for him.
Here are some of the ideas we've tried:
1. Slick sticks crayons and markers and Window crayons and markers. These crayons and markers require much less effort to make bold bright colors appear so it is easier to see the work you've accomplished.
2. We've found that Jack enjoys doing an activity more when there is a specific purpose for it rather than just doing an activity for its own sake. If Jack knows he's making something for someone, then he is much more into it than coloring for the sake of coloring.
3. There are specialty coloring books available for children with visual impairments. Some books like these were made strictly for the purpose of helping the visually impaired child stay in the lines. Then there are books that add texture to make the drawing themselve interesting. There are also coloring books that are not necessarily made or marketed for visual impairment but have interesting texture as well.
4. We've used Wiki sticks to outline borders and make pictures more visually attractive.
5. We've tried a light box again to attract Jack's visual attention.
6. We've tried putting textured paper under a regular coloring page so Jack could feel it as he colored.
7. Kumon makes coloring books that ease a child into coloring.
8. A sweet friend suggested that we employ Dr. MacDonald's five strategies of Sensitive Responding, Balancing, Matching, Sharing Control, and Being Emotionally Playful to work with Jack on coloring.
It's still not his favorite activity but he's getting better at it.
Anyone else have any ideas?
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