Kinetic Family Drawing Assessment / Embroidery as a Grounding Method

The Kinetic Family Drawing assessment was developed with the aim of gaining insight into familial factors that might influence a child’s behavior. The assessment allows the child to reveal who the important adults in their life, both positively and negatively.

The child is asked to draw their “whole family, including themselves, all doing something.” The kinetic aspect has the potential to give a clearer idea regarding family dynamics. Rating scales have been developed to screen the drawings to differentiate red and yellow flags that deviate from typical drawings.

Although MPS Art Therapy students did not engage in the Kinetic Family Drawing for themselves, they were given embroidery hoops, thread, and fabric to work on during the class. Embroidery can act as a grounding method that many students said helped them to focus better on the class discussion.

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