Developing social skills through art in special education

With the sudden, rapid rise in the number of students diagnosed with special needs, educators and administrators are developing ways to facilitate the development of interpersonal skills and a deeper engagement with the curriculum. Implementing art education into district programs shows promising results in developing and fostering social and behavioral skills in students, markedly in students with special needs. This study specifically addresses the implementation of visual art lessons within a special day class serving kindergarten through third grade to scaffold student development of behavioral and social skills. Parents, teachers, administrators and school staff must work to cultivate a collaborative culture and support the learning of each student.