Squiggle Slides

20th century
Part of:
Donald Woods Winnicott
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


"Squiggles" were a technique that Winnicott devised for communication with his child patients through the means of drawing - he would draw a freehand wriggly line and then the child would add its own elements to the drawing, and they would discuss it, and then draw some more. The purpose was both diagnostic and therapeutic and drew on Winnicott's theories of transitional space.

These slides would appear to be images of jointly-drawn squiggles (the key in PP/DWW/J.2 relates them to specific patients: this file is therefore closed until 2072 for reasons of Data Protection), although Winnicott also drew personal squiggles after his daily work and some of these are also held.


20th century

Physical description

4 boxes of slides, 1 file

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