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Re: Art as a sign of LD (again)

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Roy Liebergen (rllieber)
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 19:21:39 -0600

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
> 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.