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Visual Arts:

St Gabriel's Visual Arts program is staffed by a teacher with many years of experience. Our teacher works with the students to develop a range of Creative Arts skills that both build technical skills and provide opportunities for communication, connectivity, and self-expression between the students. It also provides an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the world around them and another opportunity to practice social skills.

Music:

For students with special needs, music has all this and more to offer. Music can enrich the lives of students through participation in traditional music education activities. It can also be used as a support for other disciplines such as music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and auditory training. (Darrow, 1985)

Music is a language that speaks to all people. It caters for multiple intelligences, ages and abilities. For  students with special needs,  music education can have the following additional benefits:

  • Assists in the development of spatial awareness
  • Develops vocabulary
  • Can contribute to peer acceptance and social confidence
  • Experiences in successive ordering such as in music can aid development of temporal awareness which may be impaired in hearing impaired students due to lack of experience as a child.
  • Improvement of memory, both long and short term through experiences involving successive sounds.
  • Improved psychological, social and emotional connection to the environment – a sense of belonging and self.

     (Edmonds, 1984)