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Re: Art as a sign of LD (again)

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 00:20:00 -0500

Here's a description of a little thing that happened in a classroom, and I
wondered if people with knowledge of disabilities would consider this to be
a sign of anything.

In a 7th grade Art class, I had the students each write their names, first
and last, in large handwriting, on a strip of paper. Then I had them swap
papers with someone, gave them a blank strip, had them turn the one with
the name so that it was upsidedown, and I asked them to see if they could
copy the upsidedown signature. The whole point of the activity was to get
them to use what I call the artist part of their brain - to observe
carefully and draw what they see. (ala Betty Edwards and Drawing on the
Right Side of the Brain). The class got reasonablly quiet as they all
concentrated on doing this, only one girl not only copied the upsidedown
signature, but she did it in reverse, like a mirror reflection. I tried to
kindly point out how difficult it must be for her to do that, and she said
no, it was easy. She did a pretty good job of it too. Would this perhaps
indicate some form of dyslexia?

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617