Language and children’s drawing in the development of deaf child: historic-cultural implications

Claudia Campos Machado Araújo Cristina Broglia Feitosa de Lacerda About the authors

This paper discusses children’s drawing as a signic visual sphere that promotes and enables the signification process for deaf children with late language acquisition. It aims to emphasize concepts of a Historic-Cultural theory that approach human psychic functioning and its social constitution, as well as the central role of history and culture in the development of higher psychological functions by means of language and of children’s introduction in the circuit of the symbolic. The analysis of the theoretical and conceptual aspects can be the ground for a clinical and educational practice engaged with the social, linguistic, cognitive, interactive and symbolic development necessary to making deaf children, speakers of sign language, as a being whose means of communication is limited to that language.

Language; children’s drawing; deafness


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