Activities launched for children with autism in Bahrain during lockdown

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Activities launched for children with autism in Bahrain during lockdown

Organisers of Baloo's Buddies in Bahrain have launched a series of arty challenges for kids with autism in the Kingdom.

Every April the group, based at RIA institute, puts on a series of inclusive art events in line with Autism Awareness Month, and didn't want this year to be any different, despite plans for outdoor activities not being possible due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This week's activities celebrate differences and next week will be about how to stay calm when the world outside is different to what we're used to and the final activity is about communicating.

Founder Dr. Sarah Clarke says she wants people to think about the issues that families with children with autism deal with every day, especially during the time when we're all urged to stay at home.

Every Wednesday, the group's mascot Arty the Autistic camel will be holding Arty's Art Challenge on the Baloo’s Buddies Instagram and Facebook with a themed challenge.

Anyone is welcome to draw, paint, sculpt or do whatever they want to create some art around that week's theme. The winner will get a family set of art supplies.

All you need to do is like the social media pages and post your art on the page, using the hashtags #artys_art_challenge and #baloosbuddies and tag a friend.

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