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Re: artwork as sign of LD

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 19:42:07 -0600

You said.....
>Does there exist information (books, articles, theses) about the possibility
>to read in children's drawings if they have -or in the future will have-
>learning problems? I mean, are there signals given in drawings made by
>children 4-10 years old, which are useful signs for teachers?
>I would be very greatful with all suggestions on this subject.

Believe it or not, but we use children's art as one of the criteria when
considering a child for testing in a learning disability or emotional
handicap. When I convene the special ed committee, the teacher, counselor,
special ed. teacher, and speech therapist present evidence of a child's
handicap which includes grades, test scores, discipline reports, health,
and school projects such as art.

This very morning in one of our special ed. conferences, the teacher
presented a drawing by a third grader that had a circle for a body and head
with two thin lines coming down below it. Obviously this student was
drawing at a preschool level and it helped indicate a possible learning
disability. Art therapy is growing in importance as schools are burdened by
the incredible red tape and paperwork that is involved with satisfying
section 7. It is becoming very important for schools to include solid
evidence when considering a child for special education.

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