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  • Writer's pictureAmanda and Anna

Draw and Tell Technique

We have learnt about a fantastic tool for enabling students with DLD to share their views - the draw and tell technique. Through drawing students can share their thoughts and opinions about their ideal supports, ideal setting, ideal speech and language therapy service and priority outcomes. Ask questions such as "in an ideal world what would the best school ever look like?". Some students will be able to draw and have a conversation at the same time, others will need time to draw first. Drawing becomes a constructive process for thinking in action, it's not about the end product.

Holliday,E. L.,Harrison,L. J., &McLeod,S.(2009). Listening to children with communication impairment talking through their drawings. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 7,244–263.

Einarsdóttir, J., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2009). Making meaning: Children’s perspectives expressed through drawings.Early Child Development and Care,179(2), 217–232. doi:10.1080/03004430802666999


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