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    Children's drawings may help with early detection of giftedness
    by Tilburg University
    March 15, 2023
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    Originally Posted by article describing dissertation
    Mathijssen's dissertation provides evidence for the possibility that human figure drawings can help in early identification of children whose talents might not fully flourish in mainstream education. Among other things, Mathijssen analyzed the drawings of 206 children ages 4 through 6.
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    1) If Your Child’s Drawings Look Like This, You Could Be Raising a Genius
    by Brooke Nelson
    Aug 09, 2017
    Reader's Digest
    Note: Sven Mathijssen, Center for the Study of Giftedness at Radboud University in the Netherlands, was a co-author of the 2016 study which this article is reporting on.
    Originally Posted by RD article, 2017
    ... intelligence tests only provide a right and wrong answer, which experts say is inadequate measure a child’s creativity—another indicator of giftedness.
    2) Genes Influence Young Children’s Human Figure Drawings and Their Association With Intelligence a Decade Later, Sagepub, 2014

    3) 40 years ago, the idea was being discussed.
    Draw A Person Test (DAPT). Thakur, 1982

    4) Wikipedia - Draw A Person Test - the concept has been documented since 1926, almost 100 years ago, and remains controversial.

    5) Draw-A-Person-test administration and scoring -
    Originally Posted by product description
    The validity and utility of this test lie in the scoring system's emphasis of concepts over artistic skill and motor coordination... autistic or severely hyperactive children, non-reading or non-English speaking clients... less cultural specificity than most intelligence tests, verbal or nonverbal (culture-reduced)

    It appears the Draw-A-Person-Test may be helpful in some instances, and yet is not a panacea.

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    Not just drawings, but DS’s innovative Lego & origami creations (the teacher of the gifted Yr 6 class copied DS’s kindergarten designs and I would see replicas of his creations all over the school) at that age suggested that R & D engineering would be perfect for him and indeed, as a first year Uni student, it is. He gets to design and build robots from scratch on 3D printers and then program them to complete the assignment tasks.

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