Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 33–39 | Cite as

Floorplans and cartoon strips—Diagnostic techniques in working with children

  • Stuart Fine


Two useful techniques in assessing and treating children ages 7–15 are described. Children are asked to draw a floorplan of their home. Drawing the floorplan reveals the child's ability to approach a task; some of the preferred activities in the home; the sleeping arrangements; and, most importantly, other significant people. With some children, constructing a comic strip can reveal their core conflicts and establish rapport. The comic strip is particularly useful with children who are very inhibited in their verbal utterances.


Social Psychology Diagnostic Technique Prefer Activity Comic Strip Verbal Utterance 
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© Human Sciences Press 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Fine
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  1. 1.Division of Child Psychiatry, and Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaUSA

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