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Art as a sign of LD (again)

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 19:18:08 +0100 (MET)


Dear colleagues,

Two weeks ago I wrote:
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 got some information from here and there and learned:
1: There was misunderstanding about my question. It was not about art
therapy, but about possibilities to use children's artwork as a first sign
for learning disabilities. (besides I learned what LD means -never had it in
my Dutch study)
2: Most teachers are rather reserved about using art as a sign of something
psychological. Therapists think that is wise.
3: If used as a diagnostic tool, use it always together with others.
4: One can use the normal development of children's drawings as a guideline.
5: There is clinical art therapy and non-clinical art therapy. The second
one is mostly done in schools, with a team of therapists and teachers.
6: The are no recent studies in English dealing with art as a sign of LD.
7: Two books about art therapy are mentioned: Di Leo and Harris
8: The cases told by different people are really interesting. We should do
that more, tell about real school-life (same as with the theft series)
9: The discussion about art as a sign of LD stopped quite quickly.
10: This talkgroup thinks in English. Someone could have told me that there
are German, French or Spanish answers, but none did.

So, although this is not what I hoped to find, it is nevertheless an answer
altogether. There is no possibility to use children's visual artwork as a
sign of LD. Is that it?
Someone could start with a collection of drawings from children that have
learning problems. What are they showing? Maybe than we can use that study
later for my queeste.
Ben Schasfoort
Polderweg 22
9682 XS OOSTWOLD (NL)
tel/fax: 31 (0)597 55 15 03
e-mail: ben.schasfoort


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