Hello dear ones!
I'm Sonshine Art Mama. I'm Mummy to Max and Tristan; the Eldest and Youngest Sonshine Artists.
Welcome! Thank you for choosing to spend some time here. Your eyes are in for a treat!
These blogs are going to be full of beautiful creative activities, our stories, fun art process pictures, wonderfully silly playtimes and - hopefully - educational, informative content.
We truly know things through experience don't we? So obviously a lot of my writing will be our stories and a lot of what we have experienced will ring true for many of you. Sonshine Art is all about CONNECTION. Connection is vital. If we can have moments of real connection with our children - neurodiverse or typical - our lives will be rich, magical, inspiring, fun and motivating. It's such an incredibly important value for me because I know that many of you parents and carers raising your neurodiverse children will be having a hard time connecting to those little wonders. Their differences can make it harder to know them, to understand them, to connect to them.
I want to show you that our creativity connects us.
If you see the word 'creativity' and your mind immediately jumps up to tell you "Oh, no I'm not arty, I can't draw, I can't paint" etc... I want to tell you, please hang on. Please listen to me and trust me that you ARE creative. Everyone is. There are so many different ways to be creative and we're going to explore a lot of them together.
I also want you to try to let go of the idea of an end result from that creativity. I'll say this in most posts; the result is not the purpose.
The purpose is the process, the moments, the journey, the CONNECTION.
Creativity will allow us to connect to our children, to other neurodiverse families, to neurotypicals eager to know more, to our own true nature.
We'll find out more about ourselves at the same time as getting to know our children.
I want more than anything for you to know that you are capable and worthy of making these connections and that they have the power to transform your life.
That's a big statement.
I stick by it.
My first blog is about our diagnosis stories of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and learning disability.
Following blogs cover things like the different kinds of sensory processing, stimming, behaviour and many, many ideas for creative and sensory experiences.
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Thanks so much again for being here.
See you soon.