Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cerebral palsy and children's drawing

Rara avis from Pető Institute

But rarely does one come across a published journal article from the Pető Institute in Budapest, and one appearing in an educational journal, English, and open-access, on-line, may indeed be unique.

This article by Júlia Horváth was published earlier this year, but I have only just stumbled across it.

Horváth, J. (2009) Some thoughts about visual education in the kindergarten of cerebral palsied children, Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, vol. 4, no 2, pp. 79-98

Manipulative activities and graphomotor development of cerebral paretic children is a central issue in the methodology of Conductive Education (CE) The motor disabled children's drawing development is hindered by some reasons. Earlier research examined the special characteristic of drawing development in the case of hemiplegia. It points out current realities and suggests future possibilities for investigations in this field. This paper describes the symptom-specific features of drawing in kindergarten age disabled children., and the effects which are influenced the development of drawing. The motor disabled children's drawing may give us information about the general developmental process of the child. Nevertheless one has to be careful in the interpretation of drawing as other factors such as environment, emotions, past experiences and the feelings they evoke will affect the representative quality of the drawing. Therefore more than one drawing may be needed to obtain a better understanding of the child. The articles are planned to continue with special developmental programs and ideas to teachers and nursery teachers who are working with cerebral palsied children.

The above summary is published on the journal's website:

Click on this article's page numbers that you find there, 79-98, to bring up the the full article.

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