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Re: Art as a sign of LD (again)

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Tue, 28 Jan 1997 18:39:33 -0500 (EST)

I understand your frustration, and using artwork to support or document LD
placement would make an interesting Doctoral study or Masters paper (in
tandem with quidance personnel).
My rule of thumb when I find work done by students that I think indicates an
exceptionality of some kind is to save it or copy it with the students
then conference with the childs classroom teacher (never the parent first!).
Usually it is saved as supporting evidence on the childs behalf, for
example, writing all words in total reverse...but great attention to visual
detail. Many times my EH and LD students are among my most visually
talented, developmentally or physically they may be lacking in some areas
but have compensated in and through the arts.
Hang in there...this is a wide open area as the education field is just now
recognizing the arts as a mode of cognition. All the accompanying research
about exceptionalities and the arts will have to catch up!