The relationship between drawing and oral language in deaf students aged three to five

Núria Silvestre, Cristina Cambra

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This study examines the relationship between drawing and oral language acquisition in deaf students aged three to five. The sample is made up of one hundred participants: fifty deaf and fifty hearing children. Goodenough 's Human Figure Drawing Test and the WPPSI Scale of Intelligence geometric design subtest have been used to evaluate graphic representation. The deaf participants' oral language has been assessed using the GAEL-P test. The main findings were that there were no significant differences between the populations studied in terms of graphic representation. The oral language level of the deaf population does not correlate with the level of their geometric designs, but does with the complexity of the drawing of the human figure at the age of 5. The main conclusion with respect to the relationship between oral language and figurative drawings suggests that different representations of symbolic functions should be integrated into children's education, especially in the case of deaf children. © 2009, I.S.P.A.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychology of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Deafness
  • Graphic representation
  • Oral language
  • Preschool stage
  • Symbolic function


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