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Jeanne Shepard posts on 6/1/2005 7:03:48 PM Knowing what we do now about various disorders, it can help a child if we know what he has in common with similar children.
georgia lee eshelman, ph.d. posts on 5/27/2005 3:30:55 PM If you haven't read Leo Buscaglia's Living, Loving, and Learning as well as his book Personhood, I definitely recommend them as helpful in your topic. Georgia Lee Eshelman, Ph.D. Professional Educator
Lincoln Stoller posts on 5/26/2005 12:14:50 AM I'm writing a book for young adults on what it means to be a great learner. The theme is that espoused by many great anti-schooling thinkers from Winston Churchill, to A.S. Neil and Ivan Illich. That theme being that inspiration is a personal journey that cannot be institutionalized and can rarely be taught. The subject is losely what we'd call "inspiration". My objective is to clarify for young learners that true learning springs from a well-spring of curiosity and spirit that will only be found in themselves. That resources and role models are more available than they're lead to believe and, most importantly, that nothing should discourage them. The form the book will take is that of transcribed interviews with three types of people: young students, accomplished adult learners, and the now senior mentors of these accomplished adults. I expect to follow this "lineage" in the context of six subject areas. I am starting with astronomy, mountaineering, and wrestling. I recognize a basic dicotomy between male and female mentors which I hope to explore. I will continue collecting material until I've completed good, complete profiles in six subject areas. Because this project does not focus on therapy it may seem unrelated to V.M.Axline's work, but it is very much related with development and growth, albeit growth beyond the norm and not simply up to it. I'm posting this message here to solicite any leads that readers might have to great teachers, mentors, guides, or sources of inspiration who have greatly influenced their lives, or the lives of people they know. By finding suitable "mentors" I hope to trace the lineage back through their former students or associates to the level of the young learners in their field. If anyone has any suggestions please contact me directly at the above email address. Thanks very much.



Ira Kandell posts on 5/23/2005 10:24:38 AM There is a Virginia Axline Fund and more information on the author at The Columbus Foundation, 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio
georgia lee eshelman, ph.d. posts on 5/23/2005 10:14:41 AM In the many years that I have utilized the book Dibs: In Search of Self in various courses I've taught, I wrote and called Dr. Axline's publisher and never received a reply from Dr. Axline. She has since died, and I don't know who holds the rights you are seeking.
Kathryn Aldrich posts on 5/20/2005 12:50:19 PM I would like to turn this into a screenplay but don't know how to contact the author to get permission to do so. I thought this was a terrific book.
Pamela A Harman, independent art therapist posts on 5/20/2005 9:12:29 AM Reply to Ms Jeanne Shepherd's message on 29th March 2005: why I wonder do professionals and indeed any adults nowadays, always need and/or look for a "diagnosis", a "label" . From which with the Best Will in the world any adult helping a child is bound by however much he/she says not.
BJohn posts on 5/11/2005 11:36:41 PM Never in my life has a book moved me so deeply as Dibs. I sobbed at the end & probibly more for the reason that it would be the end of all contact with this little boy who I had grown to care so much about. I wonder who the real Dibs is. By my best geuss he would now be 56 or 57. What lasting effects did his therapy? What did he use from it to help him through his youth & adult life? Does look back still with fondness on missA, does he even remember her? I would love for Dibs to tell his story. What remarkable things have you done with your gifts Dibs, tell us.
Roz posts on 4/23/2005 6:37:42 PM I must admitt that I do not like psycology books; however, this one got my attention and now I am very interested in children like Dibs. I was wondering if there are any other books about similar cases. I would really like to read a book from the child's point of view once he/she is grown. Are there any books written by children like Dibs? Are there any children stories written about these type of children?
Jeanne Shepard posts on 3/29/2005 5:57:44 PM I read Dibs when I was in high school in the '70s. It was not clear to me what his diagnosis was, possible Autism Spectrum Disorder?
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