How to detect a problem in the child through his drawings
Most children like to paint, draw, scribble, color ... Children's drawing is not just a game or an activity, the drawing represents the world of the child It does not define or explain everything that happens to the child, but we can observe his fantasies, his tastes, and also his fears and concerns
Most children like to paint, draw, scribble, color ... Children's drawing is not just a game or an activity, the drawing represents the world of the child It does not define or explain everything that happens to the child, but we can observe his fantasies, his tastes, and also his fears and concerns, and as the drawing evolves with the child, it also informs us of the moment of development in which they are. Can we detect a problem in the child through his drawings? Let's see how to interpret them.
Interpret and detect a problem in the child through the drawing
The drawing for the child is an opportunity to connect with their inner world and with those things that they experience for the first time, surprise and sometimes scare them.
Through the children's drawings we can see those details that as adults we can ignore and that for the child they have become protagonists of their world and do not know how to explain it or order it. It is a kind of theatrical scenario where the child can say, order and express what he thinks, feels, likes or fears.
In psychology, drawing is another tool for the knowledge of the child that, well used, gives us a lot of information about how the child feels, what worries him, his personality, etc ... The drawing brings us closer to his affective world in stages or moments in which you still do not know or can not communicate what you feel and what you are worried about.
Can we know if the child has problems through drawing?
The first thing to clarify is that the interpretation of the child's drawing is not an easy task, so it should be carried out by specialists in drawing interpretation, projective techniques, and child psychology. What I as a parent can interpret as normal in my child's drawing may not be and what may be striking may be normal in its development stage or may be related not so much to problems or disorders but to something I have seen recently or his fantasy.
If for example my son draws guns or shooting scenes in his drawing ... does it mean he is violently aggressive or has a problem? Not necessarily. You may have recently seen a movie, series or video game with scenes like that. In the drawing we do not pay attention to what he draws, but how he draws it, the place occupied by the drawings on paper, the colors used, the presence or absence of elements in his drawings, the pressure of the pencil when drawing, etc ...The drawing is a source of information more and not the only one, but the truth is that the information that the drawing gives me is very useful.
We can know the place that the child feels he occupies in the family , with whom he feels more united or who feels more distant in the family, for example. Or if he is an insecure or afraid child, if he needs to communicate with his environment and feels he can not ... He gives us valuable information about the child's inner world.What role does drawing play in childhood?
It gives you the possibility to master the movement , the child develops fundamental aspects in its evolution, how to lay the essential foundations for reading and writing, self-confidence, the experience of inner motivation and creativity.-
Allows interpersonal communication , both conscious and unconscious, (this is the interesting thing, which tells things involuntarily)-
Express your inner world. -
Elaboration of conflicts . It is a way to discharge conflicts and tensions for the child.How does the drawing evolve in the child?
Children begin drawing through the scribble, poco and little by little the drawing evolves into more orderly and recognizable shapes (geometric shapes, human figure, elements of the world around them ...). As the child goes on one side controlling the movements of his body, and develops fine motor skills, his drawings become more organized than in the early stages. - Until 4 years, the scribble predominates, and from this age begin to appear the first human figures
(which are evolving between 4 and 7 years as they are becoming aware of the body scheme), or the drawing of the house or the tree - Between 7 and 9 years, there is another concept in children, the spatial relationships between the objects of the drawing.
- Between 9 and 13 years old, children seek to make their drawing as realistic as possible.
The different stages of drawing are closely linked to the development of the child both cognitively, emotionally, psychomotorically, or socially, so the drawing of children not only gives us information on an emotional or personal level, but also gives me data about the maturational or developmental level of the child. In relation to the drawing, we would like to emphasize
the importance of the child painting, scribbling, drawing, expressing himself freely.
It is important that adults do not judge the drawing of the child, if it seems to be right, or wrong, or if it has colored leaving the margins or if what you have drawn that the child says is a dog looks like a sausage with legs ... We must let the child express himself in the way he wants or knows, but if the child finds that the adult judges his "work" it is very likely that he will stop doing it.