I try to regularly offer Kimberly and Virginia opportunities to express their creativity. Virginia seems to enjoy drawing, painting, making up stories…especially making up stories ;-).
Kimberly is drawn more to music. Mostly this is through listening to various kinds of music, she regularly requests certain artists and/or songs that fit her mood at the time. Her repertoire is quite large. On any given night she may sing a few lines of several songs as she settles down in bed. One night in particular I think she went through John Denver, Peter Paul and Mary, and Dr Hook for her montage!
More tangible, creative expressions such as drawings, coloring…really any artwork, are very rare from Kimberly. She seems to acknowledge her muted coordination related to holding pencils and crayons and rather than deal with the frustration, she simply avoids it. I hope over time this changes.
As with most children with differences, the question arises as to whether or not address these issues during sessions of therapy. After much thought I have determined we do not need to push either one of our girls to meet some broader expectation in a given timeline – school provides plenty of that as it is. I have watched other families at the therapy sessions really pushing something that their child is not ready for…sometimes for reasons we will never fully understand.
I would love to see Kimberly write and make pictures of some sort, to try to express herself in new ways. For the time being though, she seems to enjoy watching big sis create a masterpiece. Every artist needs someone to appreciate their effort…we all have a role and Kimberly is comfortable with hers. The challenge for me is to be comfortable with it too.