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I also am interested in developmental psychology and from the research I have read on drawing ability it seems that much of this research has been based on younger preschool age children. Mike Cole has headed up much research that he conducted in after school care programs.

I have read different studies that focus on both normal and anomalous representational drawing in young children. It is interesting to read through different case studies and see how these different forms of drawing surface in different children. I am at the beginning of doing my special education teaching credential. I believe that this information will pertain to what I do as a career. To the student that posted with the specific question on Cole's research I have found a number of different resources available on his research in many psychology journals.

Mike Coles appraoch to understanding drawing ability was from a cogntive approach. He looks at the different neurological factors that are involved in drawing development. It may be of some use to look at other researchers who have built on his research and taken a more global approach. One such researcher is Van Sommers. He also takes a ery cognitve neuropsychological approach but looks at children from around the world to see how culture effects drawing ability.

Does anybody know of studies and information on drawing ability and autism?

It would be good to set up some new pages with these topics as a focus so we can gather together and review the existing literature. Please help out if you can. 19:22, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
Check out art therapy, American Art Therapy Association, & Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Jaywin 20:24, 9 April 2009 (UTC)
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