Art: A Window to the Soul

Young children’s drawings offer valuable clues as to what they are thinking and feeling. Often their artwork tells stories far more clearly than their words. Parents and professionals have long used looking at kids’ art as a way of listening to them.

Art: A Window to the Soul

Three studies presented at the 2001 annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London begin to put this practice on a scientific footing. By asking children ages 5-7 to draw a picture of their families, researchers were able to find connections between the size, position, and omitted body parts of family members and the child’s mental state as measured in separate testing.

It seems to me that drawing, especially combined with storytelling, might be a great way for us to communicate to our children, as well as a way for us to listen to them.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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