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Dibs is confronted with trying to find himself. The therapist and his parents are trying to find out what is wrong with him. he turns out to be one of the most intelligent kids.
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The review of this Book prepared by Sondra Hopkins

Dibs, five years old, is silent and withdrawn in the playgroup. If he responds at all, to anything, it is generally in monosyllables - "No, no, no!". He attacks the other children if they approach him. His New York background is upper class and wealthy, but at home he is often locked in his room as he is mute, unmanageable, an embarrassment. His father is a brilliant scientist, his mother was a top heart surgeon before the children were born. Maybe he should go to a school for the mentally retarded? The playgroup leaders are divided on this, and the assessment of the professionals is that they cannot fathom the problems.

Virginia Axline, a gifted therapist and a pioneer of play therapy, takes on this small frightened child and, over the course of many weekly one-hour play sessions, enables him to start to become the person he is meant to be. He is indeed an astounding child, gifted and highly sensitive. This is a classic of clinical cognitive psychology, the techniques and guiding philosophy are described with clarity and simplicity, the main verbal technique being reflective listening. The outcome is joyous, but the process of healing and devolpment is hard and emotionally demanding. The crying of the child and the crying of the parents are equally are full grief, and it is hard if not impossible to not grieve with them. This is an M. Scott Peck of a book, and I would recommend it to anyone; but particularly for all counsellors, special needs workers, and professional psychologists.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   alienated from society Family, hate    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father    -   Mother    -   Sister The difficult family member    -   expects to be obeyed in all things    -   disapproves of personality    -   blames for things that go wrong Family, ill    -   Yes Who?    -   Son because he/she is    -   mentally ill Family, love    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   grandma Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness    -   general search for meaning

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1980's-Present    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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