A Single Case Study of an Autistic Child with Exceptional Drawing Ability

  • Lorna Selfe


Gombrich’s words are exquisitely pertinent to introduce Nadia, a child who turns upside down all our notions of the development of graphic representation. How incredible we found her, when we first saw her at the Child Development Research Unit, Nottingham University, may be understood when I explain that, some years earlier, we had been the fortunate inheritors of twenty-four-thousand children’s ‘pictures of mummy’, the results of a Sunday newspaper competition, and had spent some time analysing the stage-development of the ability to depict the human form. As a result, we had mounted an exhibition** for the British Association for the Advancement of Science; and we thought we knew what was possible for a six-year-old and what was not.


Autistic Child Mental Image Mental Imagery Single Case Study Left Hemisphere Damage 
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