The benefits of drawing to encourage the child's communication

Ways to communicate there are many. From the cry of the baby, to a poetry recital. But there are also other mechanisms, outside the sound field, that allow a lot to be said. It is the case of drawing, an activity that allows children to convey what they think and in this way to let parents know what goes on in their head at all times.

From the project Rural Salut It shows the benefits that the minor has for the drawing and how it contributes in many areas of development, including the promotion of their communication skills. A tool that allows parents to know their children much more.

What goes through your head

A drawing is nothing more than a visual representation of something that goes through a child's head. From an idyllic landscape in which you would like to be, to a being that you have created in your imagination or a memory in your mind. A way to communicate your thoughts to the rest of the world and share a part of him, where a good part of his feelings are reflected.

An example is the drawing of their relatives, where several aspects can be interpreted depending on the level of detail. Those family members that appear with greater degree of detail show a greater emotional closeness, while the opposite case indicates a distance on the part of the child. Psychologist Claudia López de Huhn explains that children take advantage of drawing to express emotions "to those who can not put words."

Other aspects such as the inclusion of details in the drawing, as for example too many furniture in a room or different flowers in a rural landscape that recalls indicates a certain degree of perfectionism in the child. Other indicative of feelings can appear for example if the small plasma in the paper an activity like a fight or something else that implies suffering.

Improve communication with the drawing

Since drawing is a good communication tool, why not take advantage of it to improve this capacity in the little ones? These are some tips to get it:

- While drawing, it is good to have a dialogue with the children, but not abuse because, for him, a spontaneous activity. In this way the child will be able to translate with words what he draws.

- Offer all the tools: many colors and enough paper so you can be sure that, even if you do not do a drawing correctly, you can do many more. Do not impose what is drawn, the imagination commands.

- Do not ask about specific details and give advice to make them. It must be he who decides.

Damián Montero

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