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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
tel/fax: 31 (0)597 55 15 03
e-mail: ben.schasfoort

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