Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Learning Disabled Children)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Joanne Marie Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Art and mental illness; Art therapy; Special education


The purpose of this paper was to explore art as a diagnostic tool to determine exceptionality. Piaget's theory that the ability to form groups, to perceive and represent spatial relationships and to order as fundamental to language skills, mathematics and reading ability was assumed. This basic theory is at first synthesized for the reader's benefit. Additional historical background and theory are given. Studies attempting to show that art could be used as a method of remediation for the above mentioned abilities are explored. The implications for communication between exceptional education teachers and art teachers are discussed.


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