This really seems too easy and simple to do an entire post on for this series. It’s a no brainer in my opinion. Photography helps them to learn some basic ideas that help them in art like perspective. For Logan, it also works on making him more aware of his surroundings. Let’s face it. He is about as observant as a bull in a china shop. Crazy sometimes how he has no clue about things around him. I think this may be true for many people with autism. We use photography among other things to help rectify this problem.
Ideally, each child would have a camera. Notice I said ideally. It hasn’t happened in our house so each child has to share one camera. I let them take turns passing it to the next child as we go from park to park. Madison can get Magic Kingdom then JoJo gets Epcot. Logan would get it the next time we go as we never visit more than two parks in one day. It’s a family rule. Plus , it makes it easier to figure out who took what picture if you only let one child per park have it.
After we get home, we upload the pics into the respective child’s Dropbox folder. Usually, they want to look at them again as they go into the folder. We talk about what they were trying to see when they took the picture. Did it work? What could they have done better? We don’t do this for every one but for a few.
There are a plethora of ideas to use these pictures. You could :
Let the child make a scrapbook with them. They could journal their memories of the trip. Boom! Writing work done.
Print out a few nature ones and let them add them into their nature journals. Not all pics in the nature journal have to be sketched. This is especially good for those who don’t love to sketch in their nature journals. A good ratio of sketched and pics are ok .
Print one or two up then let the children sketch them in their art journals. Unlike the suggestion above, this is good for those children who enjoy drawing. Not a great fit for my child with autism.
Turn a few into postcards. Have the children mail them off to faraway friends and relatives.
What do you think? How can you use photography to teach your child while at the Disney Parks? I’d love to hear your ideas!