Ben Schasfoort wrote: > > 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
I don't know, but maybe these children do well in art. It is a
different environment, more movement, creativity encouraged, solutions
to problems are as varied as the children. Just a thought, Carol.