In this blog Earlyarts Director, Ruth Churchill Dower, explores how the arts can enable young children with selective mutism to communicate by connecting brains and bodies in new and creative ways and how a new PhD research programme will explore the impact of different art forms on early brain development.
'It’s abstract Mummy, art can be anything you want it to be.’ my five year old declared as she presented to me her latest drawing. What a perfect age, completely open to the artistic process whereby a piece of work can provoke ideas and thoughts that are not predetermined by life experiences and contexts. Art to her is simple – it fuels her imagination.
Orla Kenny from Kids' Own explores what the artist brings that is unique to the early years setting, focussing on the difference between art and play, and what added value the arts brings to a child's development and learning experiences.