Can you believe these pictures were done by the same child only TEN MINUTES apart? I'm not kidding! By implementing an easy coloring play sequence the child was able to produce a more appropriate coloring response. This technique is especially helpful for those on the Autism spectrum and/or those with Executive Functioning Delays.
Before I jump in to giving you the details on how to get the same results, I want to explain WHY some children have difficulties with coloring. Most often, children have difficulties for the following reasons;
A coloring play sequence gives them the boundaries, cues and plan that they need to accomplish the task. It also begins to lay the foundation for FUTURE coloring tasks by forming new neural pathways with regard to coloring.
Now, how to implement right? Perhaps the most important thing before getting started is picture selection. Make sure that your picture isn't "busy." Choose a picture that has large and fewer coloring items.
As the child gets better with completing a page independently, you can begin to fade the cues by outling one or two less parts of the picture and see how they do. If they begin to scribble then it's too early and you need to put the outline back in place.
As the child gets better at the coloring play sequence, continue to fade the cues and perhaps place more colors out for them to see if they will stick with the "plan" of selecting the outline colors. Over time, the child WILL be able to color a complete picture without outlining first. The key? Patience and not taking away those supports too soon.
Remember...supports and cues are like glasses. We use the tool to help us see. When we can see, we surely wouldn't take those glasses away, right?
As always thanks for reading and until next time keep helping your kiddos BLOOM!