GOMA Brisbane Homeschool Excursion

Finding Brisbane Homeschool Excursions for a tween can be hard work!

I have discussed with other homeschool parents about my tweens (almost teen) dwindling interests. Seems I’m certainly not the only one with the same struggle!

Gone are the days where the museum or the aquarium would light his face up. He lives for memes and chatting on Discord with his friends…about memes.

GOMA, Gallery Of Modern Art, was a risky excursion because it’s in a very busy area and the potential for a meltdown is pretty high.

If you are homeschooling a child with Autism, high or low functioning, I’m sure you are nodding your head right now. GOMA is located at South Bank which can be a bit nightmarish for crowds, even on a weekday.

I was pleasantly surprised by the discussions we had thought the different areas of the museum. I thought I might share with you some things which I felt made the trip successful.

3 Tips For Keeping Your High Functioning Autistic Child Engaged at the Gallery Of Modern Art

Don’t expect to see your child’s reactions.

My son has educated me on the things I do which make things difficult for him. For example, sometimes I expect him to have a facial expression which shows he is enjoying something.

Just because he doesn’t have a facial expression, doesn’t mean he isn’t having a good time. He is autistic, so often he has the same facial expression – even when happy, sad, frustrated or excited.

Don’t expect them to be interested in every artwork.

Art is subjective, and I continually remind my child of this.

Out of a large amount of artwork, expect them to take interest in 3 – 4 pieces. This means they may have little interest in reading about the origin and spend very little time looking at the majority of the artwork.

Art is designed to make you “feel”. This can be a lot to translate verbally.

When you can see that they have taken interest in something, ask if they would like to know more or discuss what they are seeing from their point of view.

Sometimes Avoiding Disengagement, Equals Engagement

Sometimes the trick to good engagement, is simply to avoid complete disengagement. I have learnt over the years that engagement to us as a parent, is often different to what the child actually feels.

We often think engagement means the child frequently makes eye contact with their surroundings and spends a good amount of time talking.

Not always the case. Think about it. The Gallery Of Modern Art can produce a lot of emotion. With a mixture of digital, handmade, painting and sound installations – thats a lot for an autistic child to be taking in.

Take a moment to absorb it yourself and stop worrying about checking in verbally with your child every few minutes. GOMA is a place of tranquility, it is almost silent in some rooms. Its an amazing place to be and I encourage you to let your child have a part of that silence.