004: How to encourage creativity and artistic ability in young children – Interview with Dr. Tara Callaghan
Published September 18, 2016
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    I'm so excited to welcome my first guest on the Your Parenting Mojo podcast: Professor Tara Callaghan of St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.   Professor Callaghan has spent a great number of years studying the emergence of artistic ability in young children and she shares some of her insights with us.  This is a rather longer episode than usual so here are some places you might want to skip ahead to if you have specific interest:

    3:55: The connection between individuality and creativity, especially in Western cultures

    9:00: What is "symbolic representation" and why is the development of symbolic representation an important milestone for young children?

    12:10: Is it helpful for parents to ask a child "What are you drawing?"

    15:25: When do children understand symbols?

    31:15: What can parents do to support children's development of symbolic representation in particular and artistic ability in general?


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